Earthquake shakes southern Costa Rica near Panama

San Jose: A magnitude of 6.0 earthquake has shaken southern Costa Rica near the border of Panama on last evening. US Geological Survey reports that the quake struck Costa Rica at a depth of about 19 kilometres.

Its epicentre was about 19 kilometres north of the town of Golfito. It hit at 5:22 pm local time yesterday.

However, authorities said there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries.

Alexander Solis, president of the National Emergencies Commission, said there were a handful of localities where power failed and objects fell without serious consequences.

Photos circulating on social media showed shattered wine bottles and other products lying on shop floors in Palmar Norte.

Costa Rica’s National System for Monitoring Tsunamis ruled out a tsunami alert.

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