Massive 6.8 magnitude quake SHOCKS Central America

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A strong quake, measuring 6.5 according to a USA seismological agency, rocked Costa Rica late Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Otto Vargas, a university professor in San Jose, said: "We're very scared".

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southeast of the town of Jaco, which is about 60 (100 kilometers) miles southwest of the capital, San Jose. "It's been years since we felt such a strong one".

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

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The quake hit 294km southeast of the city of Kamaishi at a depth of 9.5km.

However, the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica said the quake measured 6.9.

"The floor, glasses, chairs, lamps - everything for about six to eight seconds".

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