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updated: 9/5/2012 10:38 AM

Powerful earthquake reported in Costa Rica

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NOSARA, Costa Rica -- A powerful, magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Costa Rica on Wednesday. There were no immediate accounts of damage or injuries.

The USGS said the 8:42 a.m. quake struck offshore, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the town of Liberia.

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In the coastal town of Nosara in northwest Costa Rica, trees shook violently and light posts swayed. Teachers chased primary school students outside.

A tsunami warning was in effect for Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru and a tsunami watch was in effect for Chile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a bulletin. It said it was unknown if a tsunami was generated, but the warning was based on the size of the earthquake.

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