A 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, more specifically in its capital city of San Jose on Sunday. Only two serious injuries were reported by the country’s Public Safety Ministry however, infrastructure was affected to some extent.
The U.S Geological Survey pinpointed the quake to have been 12 miles in depth and to have been centered along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, 60 miles southwest of San Jose. They initially gave the quake a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 while the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica labeled it as a 6.9 magnitude quake.
The quake hit with full force the city of Jaco, a popular beach tourism destination. It did not trigger a tsunami threat nor any building collapses. Authorities in Jaco have reported several loose electrical poles while locals took to social media to show the damage. At least one building in Jaco was reported to have suffered damage.
Costa Rica government urges people to remain vigilant
According to a statement from Costa Rica’s presidency, three people suffered fatal heart attacks at the time of the earthquake. Two were in Jaco and one in Coronado in the south. The Judicial Investigation Agency is investigating a possible correlation between the quake and the deaths.
San Jose university professor, Otto Vargas, states it had been years since an earthquake this powerful occurred.
„We’re very scared. It’s been years since we felt such a strong one” He notes.
Costa Rican President, Luis Guillermo Solis, said all authorities have been put on high alert and urged people to prepare for any possible aftershocks.
Zona del epicentro del sismo magnitud 6,4. Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo de Tsunamis descarta alerta por tsunami. pic.twitter.com/19ht8IFDCk
— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) November 13, 2017
All safety protocols were activated following the quake. Costa Rica’s hospitals experienced minor power outages but were quickly resolved.
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