6.0 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

The U.S Geological Survey reported that the quake that occurred on Saturday evening had a magnitude of 6.0 and struck at 5:22 pm local time at a depth of about 12 miles (19 kilometers).

Its epicentre was about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of the town of Golfito.

Ellery Quesada, a journalist with Channel 9 in Palmar Norte, near the epicenter, told 'The Associated Press' that it was felt strongly in the region.

"We have reports that in Puerto Jimenez the power was out and some power poles toppled," Quesada said by phone, adding that aftershocks were felt in the minutes afterward.

(Agencies)