Costa Rica Escapes Major Damage in Big Quake

AP says one death is confirmed
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 6:32 PM CDT
A wall at the University of Costa Rica's school of electrical engineering is damaged after today's earthquake.   (AP Photo/Thomas Dooley)
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(Newser) – The earthquake that struck Costa Rica today may have been massive at 7.6-magnitude, but the Central American nation looks to have escaped major damage, reports AP. The quake collapsed at least one bridge, knocked down some houses, and caused plenty of panic, but the physical damage is relatively minor given the temblor's size. The AP puts the death toll at one, while Reuters has it at two. It's possible the quake caused so little trouble because it struck so deep, about 25 miles below the surface. (Read more Central America stories.)

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