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Three minor quakes in seven minutes shake Guanacaste

February 12, 2013

The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) recorded three earthquakes in the Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, between 10:58-11:05 a.m. on Tuesday.

The quakes recorded magnitudes of 3.5, 3.7 and 3.4, respectively.

The first quake had a depth of 14 kilometers, and was located 1 km southwest of Portal de Garza in Nicoya.

Five minutes later, at 11:03 a.m., a second temblor was located 2 km southeast of Santa Elena de Nicoya, while a third was also located in Portal de Garza.

Preliminary reports by local residents state that the temblors were felt “as a strong and quick shake,” but no damage or injuries were reported.

On Sept. 5, 2012, a magnitude-7.6 quake off the coast of the Nicoya Península made the record books as the country’s second-largest of all time.

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