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Strong earthquakes hit Costa Rica, Japan

Costa Rica quake centered 69 km southwest of capital San Jose, Japan tremor broke out off the coast off Sendai

Image Credit: The Weather Channel
A 6.5 magnitude #earthquake has struck western Costa Rica.

San Jose, Costa Rica: A 6.5 magnitude quake struck the Pacific coast of Costa Rica near the capital, San Jose, on Sunday night, while another tremor measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of Japan late on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

There was no Pacific-wide tsunami threat, the US National Weather Service said.

A 6.5 magnitude quake struck the Pacific coast of Costa Rica near the capital, San Jose, on Sunday night.

The quake in Costa Rica, initially measured as much as 6.8 magnitude, was centered 43 miles (69 km) southwest of San Jose at a depth of 12.3 miles (20 km), the USGS said.

Meanwhile, a huge 5.8 magnitude earthquake has stuck of the east coast of the Japan, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

A map showing the epicentre of the quake in the Pacific Ocean.

The quake hit 218 miles (351 km) east of Sendai, Honshu, at a depth of 5.9 miles (9.5 km).

The USGS initially recorded the quake as having a 6.1 magnitude but this was later downgraded to a 5.8.

It is unclear yet if there was any damage to villages and towns on the east coast. It is understood the earthquake has not triggered a tsunami warning.

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