Costa Rica rattles by magnitude 6.8 quake

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that a magnitude 6.8 quake occurred on Sunday night off the coastal area of Costa Rica's Parrita canton.

Witnesses in Costa Rica said the quake could be felt briefly in the capital of San Jose, but it was centered near a mostly rural region near Jaco.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the natural disaster was centered along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast about 10 miles southeast of Jaco, which is about 60 miles southwest of the capital of San Jose. Officials reported that the natural disaster would not trigger a tsunami threat in the Pacific and the tourism industry was not impacted. He said the shaking whipped up two-foot waves in his swimming pool and knocked over glasses and containers in the kitchen.

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

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