Strong earthquake shakes Costa Rica
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A building is damaged in a strong 6.2-magnitude quake in Costa Rica Thursday. The epicenter was some 6 km east of the Poas Volcano and 25 km northwest of San Jose with a depth of 30 km. Fortunately no reports of serious injuries or killed.

A building is damaged in a strong 6.2-magnitude quake in Costa Rica Thursday. The epicenter was some 6 km east of the Poas Volcano and 25 km northwest of San Jose with a depth of 30 km. Fortunately no reports of serious injuries or killed.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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 SAN JOSE, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The National Commission of Emergencies (CNE) of Costa Rica declared a red alert in the Central Valley after a strong 6.2-magnitude quake shook the country Thursday.

    CNE President Daniel Gallardo said that the cities of San Jose, Alajuela, Cartago and Heredia suffered slight damages while the communities near the epicenter reported collapsed houses, landslides and significant damages.

    According to the report of the Vulcanology and Seismology Observatory of the National University Ovsicori, the epicenter was some 6 km east of the Poas Volcano and 25 km northwest of San Jose with a depth of 30 km.

A building is damaged in a strong 6.2-magnitude quake in Costa Rica Thursday. The epicenter was some 6 km east of the Poas Volcano and 25 km northwest of San Jose with a depth of 30 km. Fortunately no reports of serious injuries or killed.

A building is damaged in a strong 6.2-magnitude quake in Costa Rica Thursday. The epicenter was some 6 km east of the Poas Volcano and 25 km northwest of San Jose with a depth of 30 km. Fortunately no reports of serious injuries or killed.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    In San Pedro de Poas, the community nearest to the epicenter, serious damages were reported and there were also people injured by falling objects.

    "Fortunately, we have not received reports of people sustaining serious injuries or killed," Gallardo said.

    It was also reported that six geologists were trapped when researching the Poas Volcano, one of the main volcanoes in the country.

    According to Ovsicori, there have been more than 150 aftershocks registered, 20 of which were of high intensity.

    The power supply and cell phone services were cut off in some communities near the epicenter zone.

    The CNE has sent helicopters to the epicenter zone where police launched a special operation to help evacuate the affected people.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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