x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Powerful earthquake kills two in Costa Rica

No damage was reported to Costa Rica’s coffee fields after the earthquake struck near the Central American nation’s Pacific Coast.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica // Two people died during a powerful earthquake that rocked Costa Rica on Wednesday, one of them from a heart-attack, the Red Cross said.

Freddy Roman, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Costa Rica, said there were no immediate details on the cause of the second death. Local media reported a man was crushed under debris.

A tsunami warning issued for Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua after the 7.6-magnitude quake near the Pacific coast was cancelled, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The warning, which initially had extended from Mexico to Peru, was dropped entirely less than three hours after the tremor rocked Costa Rica.

No damage was reported to Costa Rica’s coffee fields after the earthquake struck near the Central American nation’s Pacific Coast.

“We don’t have any reports of damage to plantations,” Warner Villegas, spokesman for the Costa Rican Coffee Institute, said.
Costa Rica produces about 1.4 per cent of the world’s coffee.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck offshore, about 80 kilometres from the town of Liberia.

The USGS initially set the magnitude to 7.9, but later has revised the earthquake to 7.6-magnitude.


Reuters with additional reporting by Associated Press and Agence France-Presse