Death toll from earthquake rises to 13 in Costa Rica 2009-01-10 18:56:18   Print

    SAN JOSE, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- the death toll from a strong earthquake that hit Costa Rica a day earlier rose to 13, the country's Red Cross said Friday.

    More than 90 people were injured and 42 others went missing in Thursday's 6.2-magnitude quake.

    The latest statistics by the Red Cross showed that at least 2,654 people had been affected by the quake and 1,228 of them were left homeless.

    The death toll is likely to rise as rescue efforts had been hampered by landslides caused by the quake, a spokesperson told Xinhua.

    The quake hit at 1:21 p.m. (1921 GMT) Thursday, some 30 km (20 miles) northwest of the capital city of San Jose and was followed by over 2,000 aftershocks.

    The quake was felt across the country, a popular eco-tourism and beach holiday destination, as well as in neighboring Nicaragua to the north.

Editor: Lin Liyu
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