- El Siglo
At least two people have died in Jacó, the closest area epicentered by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a Public Force’s spokesman told EFE.
The National Tsunami Monitoring System of the National University has dismissed, for the moment, the possibility of a tsunami on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Firefighters reported material damage primarily in supermarkets due to falling shelves, power cuts and detachment of light poles and wiring in Jacó, Parrita and Quepos (Pacific area of the country).
San Pedro shopping mall, in San José, is being analyzed after cracks appeared, while the materials of Calderón Guardia Hospital, also located in the capital, broke mainly in the delivery room.
The earthquake epicentered the Pacific Ocean, 19 kilometers south of Jacó Beach, a location in the province of Puntarenas, with a depth of 19 kilometers, according to the National Seismological Network (RSN).
After the earthquake, there were reported at least six strong aftershocks of magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 5.2 degrees.
The Costa Rican authorities urged the population to remain calm, calling them to take preventive measures and use the emergency numbers only for truly urgent cases.
"Costa Rica has the strength of the institutions of the Risk Management System, which are already alert, due to the earthquake that struck on Sunday night," said the country's president, Luis Guillermo Solís, on social networks.