A powerful earthquake shook Costa Rica and much of Central America yesterday, collapsing houses and blocking roads. There were no immediate reports of deaths.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck about 38 miles (60 kilometres) from the town of Liberia. Its centre was about 25 miles below the surface. Initially its magnitude was estimated at 7.9 on the Richter scale, but that figure was downgraded to 7.6.