Distant hurricane causing more problems than the earthquake

The distant tropical hurricane Sandy is causing more problems in Costa Rica than Tuesday night’s 6-point earthquake.

The national emergency commission said that there were only two homes that reported damage from the quake. One was in Nicoya and the other was in San José. Elsewhere the quake damage was limited to falling objects, the commission said.

Quake scientists estimated the magnitude of the 6:45 p.m. event at from 6.1 to 6.6. The epicenter was in the Pacific south of Sámara. The quake was felt all over the country.

The emergency commission issued a preliminary alert over the storm. Although Sandy is over Jamaica, the indirect effects continued to bring rain to Costa Rica.

The Cruz Roja reported flooding and the extraction of three patients in Londres near Quepos. One was a woman in labor. One person suffered from high blood pressure and a third suffered from diabetes, said the rescue agency. Rain had damaged a road.

The emergency commission said that heavy rains continue in the southern Pacific and on the Nicoya peninsula. There were
reports there of landslides, the flooding of homes and communities cut off. There also were problems reported in Pérez Zeledón, Osa and Golfito.

A sewer system appears to have collapsed in San Isidro de El General, and flooding followed. Some homes were inundated, said the commission.

About 40 persons sought shelter Wednesday morning in Coto 58 and Gorrión when the Río Coto flooded their homes in southern Costa Rica.

There also were incidents reported in Santa Cruz and Carrillo in Guanacaste, said the commission.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional predicted accumulations of rain up to 40 millimeters along the Pacific coast, about 1.6 inches and slightly less in the northern zone. The agency issued a special bulletin at 9 p.m. Wednesday. It said that the rain would continue through this morning.

There was rain overnight in the Central Valley. The weather institute warned that the ground was very saturated from a week of rain.

The institute also warned of fog at higher elevations.

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