5.9-magnitude earthquake shakes Costa Rica

AP News
Posted: Oct 08, 2010 11:29 PM
5.9-magnitude earthquake shakes Costa Rica

Authorities say a 5.9-magnitude earthquake has shaken Costa Rica. There are no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 26 miles (41 kilometers) north of the capital, San Jose. Its depth was 61 miles (98 kilometers).

The Costa Rica Seismological and Volcanic Observatory says people across the country reported feeling Friday's quake, especially in the north.

The Red Cross in San Carlos, one of the main cities in northern Costa Rica, says it received no emergency calls. The only apparent damage was the interruption of cellular phone service and goods falling off shelves.

On Jan. 8, 2009, a 6.1 quake in central Costa Rica killed at least 20 people.