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Earthquakes occur in Costa Rica

Updated September 8, 2012

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CFCA staffers are checking on sponsored friends and their families after two earthquakes shook Costa Rica and Nicaragua this week.

A Reuters.com article reported that a 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica on Saturday, about 40 miles south-southeast of the city Liberia. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Just three days earlier, a 7.6-magnitude quake occurred. Its epicenter was about 94 miles west of San Jose, Costa Rica's capital, in the Nicoya peninsula.

The Wednesday earthquake could be felt as far away as Nicaragua, and a tsunami alert was issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.

Jean Carlo Arias, a CFCA correspondent in San Jose, felt the earthquake.

"It started very soft, although in a period of some 30 seconds, it became very strong, and I believe that it lasted close to two minutes total," he said.

CFCA serves more than 7,000 sponsored children, youth and aging friends in Costa Rica through its office in San Jose. More than 1,300 sponsored friends and their families live in areas closest to the center of the first earthquake.

Arias said the houses in these areas vary in type and construction. Homes are made of wood, metal sheets and a few are made of cement.

"As more information becomes available from our communities, we will make sure that we send more reports," Arias said. "We ask for your prayers in this time of uncertainty in our country."

No material damages have been reported in Nicaragua, but some school classes were canceled Wednesday and Thursday.

This report will be updated as more information is available.

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