Costa Rica 'rocked' by massive earthquake


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A huge 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Costa Rica, according to the US Geological Survey.

The USGS initially recorded the quake at a 6.8 magnitude but it has since been downgraded 6.5.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said authorities were gathering information.

He also urged residents to remain calm and to be prepared for any possible aftershocks.

Otto Vargas, a university professor in San Jose who was at home with his family, said: ”We're very scared. It's been years since we felt such a strong one.”

The quake hit in a rural area near the popular beach tourism city of Jaco, where there are few tall buildings. It did not trigger a tsunami threat in the Pacific.

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