7.6 magnitude quake hits Costa Rica

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7.6 magnitude quake hits Costa Rica
Map locates a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Costa Rica. (AP)
Map locates a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Costa Rica. (AP)

NOSARA, Costa Rica — A powerful, magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and a wide swath of Central America on Wednesday, collapsing some houses, blocking highways and causing panic, but officials said there was only one reported death, from a heart attack.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 38 miles (60 kilometers) from the town of Liberia. The magnitude initially was estimated at 7.9, but was quickly downgraded. Local residents said it shook for about 30 seconds.

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