Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Natural disaster in Costa Rica, no casualties

Natural disaster in Costa Rica, no casualties

A magnitude 5.8 quake struck off the east coast of Japan on Monday, the U.S. Geological Service said.

The quake occurred at 8.28 pm local time on the Central American country's Pacific coast, at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles), close to the popular tourist beach town of Jaco.

USGS had initally recorded a magnitude of 6.1, but later downgraded it to 5.8.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. The USGS estimates that, based on its size, it is likely to cause casualties and tens of millions of dollars of damage.

He made an appeal for calm among the population and tweeted a message that the country's tsunami agency had not issued any warnings so far.

Costa Rican officials urged citizens to avoid clogging the emergency lines by not calling 911 unless it was to give information about an urgent situation.

The news of a quake in Japan follows the devastating 7.2-magnitude natural disaster in Iran-Iraq that killed more than 200 people so far and a 6.5-magnitude quake in Costa Rica.

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