A strong quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 shook the town of Jaco, which is about 60 (100 kilometers) miles southwest of the capital on November 12, 2017.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a 5.8 magnitude quake has stuck of the east coast of the Japan.
There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. It did not trigger a tsunami threat in the Pacific.
In the inland capital San Jose, buildings swayed for a couple of minutes. The government reported some rockslides obstructing highways near the epicenter.
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The state government had sought the legal opinion of the AG on the matter after getting the report from District Collector T V Anupama.
An natural disaster measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck off the eastern coast of Japan.
The quake, initially measured as much as 6.8 magnitude, was centered 43 miles (69 km) southwest of San Jose at a depth of 12.3 miles (20 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said authorities were gathering information. He urged people to remain calm and prepare for aftershocks.