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Caribbean tsunami warning cancelled

A tsunami warning issued after a strong earthquake off the west coast of Costa Rica has been cancelled. A Carribean-wide tsunami watch had been in effect.

The quake forced evacuations in the capital San Jose.

The quake forced evacuations in the capital San Jose.

The warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had extended to a number of countries across the Caribbean, but the center now says the warning is cancelled.

The magnitude 7.6 quake hit close to Samara, a coastal area around 150 kilometers (94 miles) from Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. The quake rattled buildings and cut power in some parts of the capital.

jr/kms (dpa, Reuters, AFP, AP)