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Magnitude 5.6 quake strikes Panama/Costa Rica border region: USGS

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 on Monday struck the border region of the contiguous Central American nations of Panama and Costa Rica, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no damage was immediately reported.

The quake had a relatively shallow depth of 11 km (7 miles). Costa Rica's National Emergency Commission said no injuries or damages were reported, a spokesman for the commission said.

Its epicenter was about 12 km (7 miles) southwest of Guabito, Panama and about 79 km (48 miles) southeast of the Caribbean port of Puerto Limon in Costa Rica, the USGS said.

The quake struck at 4:41 a.m. local time (0941 GMT), the USGS said.

(Reporting by Isabella Cota Writing by Michael O'Boyle Editing by W Simon)

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