Japan shook by 5.8-magnitude quake off eastern coast


The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that a magnitude 6.8 quake occurred on Sunday night off the coastal area of Costa Rica's Parrita canton.

In the inland capital San Jose, buildings swayed for a couple of minutes.

The quake was originally measured at 6.1 magnitude but was later downgraded to 5.8, the USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami alert. "It's been years since we felt such a strong one".

However, the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica said the natural disaster measured 6.9.

Evy Rodrigues told Daily Star Online that she felt the quake in La Fortuna - some 80m away.

Media in neighboring Panama and Nicaragua said the natural disaster was felt on their territories too, but no damage was detected.

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