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Costa Ricans awakened by estimated 5.0 earthquake this morning

November 12th, 2012 ( A strong earthquake woke many up this morning in Costa Rica, striking at 2:45 a.m. local time.


The temblor, felt in various locations within the country, was described as intense, but short in duration. It was felt in Moravia, Pavas, Escazu and Santa Ana in the San Jose area. Residents in Alajuela, Heredia, and even Quepos also reported shaking.


The Costa Rican Volcanology and Seismology Observatory (OVSICORI) initially reported the quake as having a magnitude of 5.7, later downgrading the quake to 5.0.  USGS lists the quake as 4.5 magnitude on their web site.


The epicenter was located in San Ignacio, Acosta, in the province of Cartago.


The Red Cross does not have any reports of injuries or damage at this time.

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