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Costa Rica hit by 7.9 quake

2012-09-05 17:55

Washington - A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Costa Rica on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

The major quake near the Pacific coast was centered about 80km south of Liberia, Costa Rica, and was at a depth of 20 km.

A Caribbean-wide tsunami watch has been lifted, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

"Earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Caribbean region," the warning centre said.