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Earthquake in Costa Rica

Posted on: October 7, 2009

January earthquake in Costa Rica

The earthquake was in January 2009 and affected the whole contry, especially the capital, San Jose. It was rated with a 6.1.  The earthquake took 34 lives and injured 91 persons. Hundreds of people were trapped and two villages had been cut off. Most of the victims died when a landslide occurred near the La Paz waterfall by the Pas Volcano. The town of Cinchona was the most affected and many buildings there were heavily damaged. Power was temporarily disrupted in  San Jose.  The Costa Rican Red Cross sent personnel to assist in the recovery.  Additionally, the United States and Colombia dispatched helicopters with aid to assist with the relief and recovery efforts.  On January 13, the ‘Banco de Costa Rica’ announced that it would offer home financing credit to homeowners who want to rebuild or fix their home.

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