Quake estimated at 5.9 rattles country Friday night

An earthquake estimated at a magnitude of 5.9 rattled Costa Rica Friday night just before 8 p.m. The hour long news shows on Channel 6 and Channel 7 covered the quake live as the studios in San José shook.

The epicenterr was estimated tobe 9 kilometers each of Zarcero in the country’s mountain foothills. The time was set at 7:54, said the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica.

The U.S. National Earthquake Information Center agreed on the magnitude.

The quake was blamed on the Coco tectonic plate on which much of Costa Rica rides. The quake was felt all over the country, including the Central Valley. The duration was about eight seconds.

The location is about 45 kilometers (30 miles) north northeast of San José. There were no immediate reports of damage.

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