Costa Rica’s capital rocked by 6-magnitude earthquake

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 6-magnitude earthquake rocked the capital city of Costa Rica Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press reports that the quake was felt strongly in San Jose but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Juan de Dios Castillo, spokesman for Seismological and Volcanic Institute. He said there were reports of fallen objects but so far none of major damages to buildings.

The quake’s epicenter Santiago de Puriscal, a province west of San Jose. It struck about 4:48 p.m. local time (22:48 GMT) with a depth of about 44 miles (70 kilometers).

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