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6.5-magnitude earthquake hits Costa Rica

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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook Costa Rica on Sunday night.

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The country’s Public Safety Ministry said there were reports of two serious injuries, but officials had little information on the extent of the damage in the immediate aftermath of the quake, SF Gate reported.

Electricity was knocked out in some areas as power lines and poles fell, but there were no reports of major infrastructure damage from the tremor, which hit in a lightly populated area on the Pacific Coast.

The government reported some rockslides obstructing highways near the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered about 10 miles southeast of the town of Jaco, which is about 60 miles southwest of the capital, San Jose. The quake was at a depth of about 12 miles.

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