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Costa Rica 'rocked' by massive natural disaster

Costa Rica 'rocked' by massive natural disaster

Two people died of heart attacks attributed to shock from the seismic disturbance, a spokesman for the public safety ministry told national media.

A magnitude 6.5 natural disaster was recorded along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The government reported some rockslides obstructing highways near the epicenter.

The USGS has recorded the epicenter almost 44 miles (71 km) southwest of San Jose at an approximate depth of 6.2 miles (10 km).

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Four minutes after the initial natural disaster, a magnitude 5.2 aftershock struck.

Costa Rican officials urged citizens to avoid clogging the emergency lines by not calling 911 unless it was to give information about an urgent situation. It did not trigger a tsunami threat in the Pacific.

"When we were trying to get out of the house it started to shake again very strongly", she said.


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