14 May '11, 2am

6.0 magnitude quake rattles Costa Rica

SAN JOSE - A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica on Friday, alarming residents of the Central American country and causing minor damage but no known injuries, authorities said. The quake struck at around 4.47pm (2247 GMT, 6.47am Singapore time), 25km north-west of San Jose, according to the US Geological Survey, which gave its magnitude as 6.0. It was felt with particular intensity in San Jose's western Escazu and Santa Ana neighbourhoods, upscale areas where many diplomats and foreign business executives have their homes. 'It broke all the glasses in my bar,' said an Argentine resident who lives on the sixth floor of a building in Escazu. Residents in the area around the San Jose International Airport reported power outages that impacted traffic lights during the daily rush hour. Cellphone service was disrupted in some areas, and some small landslides were reported ...

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