• Costa Rica Real Estate
  • Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake rattles Costa Rica on Friday night

March 6, 2020

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook Costa Rica on Friday night.

According to initial data from the National Seismological Network (RSN), the earthquake occurred at 8:40 p.m. The tremor had an epicenter near Boruca, Buenos Aires, in the province of Puntarenas, and was felt through much of Costa Rica.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported “no infrastructure damage” following the quake. Regional authorities said there was “material fall” on Route 2, a major route which connects San Jose to the Southern Zone, between Curré and Palmar.

President Carlos Alvarado said he is “in communication with the National Emergency Commission due to the strong tremor felt in the country.”

“I ask to be attentive to the official information and follow instructions from the authorities in the face of this event,” he wrote on social media.

CNE shared photos of the effects of the tremor on a grocery store:

The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), based at Universidad Nacional (UNA), reported the earthquake as a magnitude of 5.84 — later revised to a 5.9.

RSN attributes the earthquake to “failure in the crust of the Caribbean plate.”

CNE says Costa Rica averages 350 earthquakes each month — or about 12 each day — thought most are imperceptible.

This is a developing story and will be updated. It was last updated at 9:33 p.m. 

You may be interested

BCR denies breach after cybercrime group claims to publish private data
Business
36 views
Business
36 views

BCR denies breach after cybercrime group claims to publish private data

The Tico Times - May 24, 2020

Ransomware group Maze says it has gained access to personal financial information from the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR), though…

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 12 new cases, 13 more recoveries
Costa Rica
19749 views
Costa Rica
19749 views

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 12 new cases, 13 more recoveries

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 24, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed 12 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 930 cumulative known cases, the Health…

Slothy Sunday: The black anteater of the sloth family tree
Sloth Sundays
891 views
Sloth Sundays
891 views

Slothy Sunday: The black anteater of the sloth family tree

Andrés Sáenz Bräutigam / Toucan Rescue Ranch - May 24, 2020

Sloths are some of the strangest creatures in the world. If you were to describe a generic sloth to someone,…