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Magnitude 5.8 Quake Hits Costa Rica With No Report of Damage

February 13, 2012

(Updates magnitude of earthquake in first paragraph and adds details from newspaper report in second.)

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck 46 miles (75 kilometers) south of San Jose, Costa Rica at 4:55 a.m. local time today, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement on its website. The quake was 17 miles deep, it reported.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage so far, San Jose-based newspaper La Nacion reported on its website, citing authorities in the coastal province of Puntarenas that it didn’t identify.

Juan Manuel Salazar, an employee at La Mansion hotel in Quepos, said that the earthquake shook the building for about 20 seconds, though there was no damage.

Authorities haven’t issued a tsunami warning, Johnny Nunez, a spokesman for the Central American country’s seismological observatory, known as Ovsicori, said by telephone.

The Geological Survey earlier estimated the earthquake’s magnitude at 6.1.

--Editors: Philip Sanders, Richard Jarvie

To contact the reporters on this story: Randall Woods in Santiago at rwoods13@bloomberg.net; Adam Williams in Rio de Janeiro at awilliams111@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net


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