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Costa Rica 'rocked' by massive quake

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a 5.8 magnitude natural disaster has stuck of the east coast of the Japan. There have been no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in Costa Rica.

"We're very scared. It's been years since we felt such a strong one", said Otto Vargas, a university professor in San Jose, who was home with his family when the shaking started.

The quake reportedly hit 182 miles southeast of the city of Kamaishi, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The National Weather Service said there was no threat of a tsunami. "All of our neighbours were in the street".

USGS had initally recorded a magnitude of 6.1, but later downgraded it to 5.8.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said authorities were gathering information.

Matt Hogan was at home in Punta Uvita, about a 90-minute drive down the coast from the epicentre when the natural disaster hit at around 8.30pm.



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