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Magnitude-5.2 earthquake shakes Costa Rica, with epicenter off coast near Jacó

April 11, 2014

The first major earthquake of 2014 rocked Costa Rica around 3:02 p.m. Friday.

The epicenter of the magnitude-5.2 earthquake was about 30 kilometers off the central Pacific coast, just southwest of Jacó, according to the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network and other reports.

(Courtesy of Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica UCR)
A map showing where the earthquake was felt hardest. (Courtesy of Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica UCR)

The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) registered a magnitude-5.3.

The earthquake was felt in most of the country, including the Central Valley, Alajuela and parts of the northern region (including San Carlos). In San José, it seemed to last at least 10 seconds. No significant damage or any injuries have been reported.

(Courtesy of OVSICORI)
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 30 kilometers west of Cóbano, Puntarenas on the Central Pacific coast. (Courtesy of OVSICORI)

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