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3.9 Quake Hits Jaco

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake shook the area of Jaco at 9:47 pm Thursday. According to the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) the quake's epicenter was 45 kilometers south of Jaco, Garabito (9.211 & -84.715), at a depth of 18 km.   Meanwhile, the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de...

4.2 Quake Jolts Central Valley Thursday Night

A 4.2 magnitude quake reported by the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) de la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) shook most of the Central Valley this Thursday night. The tremor that struck at 10:39 pm was centered one kilometer west of San Isidro de Vazquez de...

Pococí Epicenter of Saturday Morning 5.0 Quake

A 5-degree earthquake shook several cantons of Costa Rica this Saturday morning, at 8:12 am, with its epicenter located 14.6 kilometers southwest of Guápiles, in Pococí de Limón, reported the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) - Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of...

4.8 Quake Jolts Costa Rica Friday Morning

A strong earthquake shook Costa Rica this Friday morning at 11:50 a.m. In a preliminary. The Red Sismológica Nacional - RSN (National Seismological Network) reported the intensity in 4.8, while the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica - OVSICORI (Vulcanological and Seismological Observatory...

5.3 Earthquake Shakes Osa Peninsula

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded this Sunday, close to 10 p.m., in the Osa Peninsula, in Puntarenas, as reported by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori). The epicenter was located 46 kilometers west of the community of San Pedrillo and had...

5.4 Early Morning Quake Jolts Central Pacific

A 5.4 magnitude quake hit Costa Rica at 1:37 am Friday. According to the report by the Ovsicori, the epicenter was located 9 km northeast of Quepos, at a depth of 46 km. The Red Sismologica Nacional (RSN) reported the quake as a 5.3, with...

5.0 Quake Shakes Costa Rica Monday Afternoon

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook a great part of Costa Rican territory at 3:42 pm this Monday afternoon. The Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) - National Seismological Network - said the epicenter of was 18 kilometers east of Jacó, in Garabito de Puntarenas, at a depth...

Two Morning Quakes Shake Costa Rica’s Central And North Pacific Coast

Two tremors of moderate magnitude were felt on Tuesday morning in the Central Pacific and North Pacific of Costa Rica The most recent occurred at 9:03 am in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, and felt strongly in many areas of Guanacaste, the most intensely in...

4.8 Earthquake Shakes Costa Rica Tuesday Night

A 4.8 earthquake shook Costa Rica on Tuesday night, reported the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) - National Seismological Network. The earthquake occurred at 8:56 pm 9 km al southwest of Bijagua, Upala, in the province of Guanacaste, at a depth of 3 km. According to preliminary...

Seamounts Explain Sunday Night’s Strong Earthquake in Jacó

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Costa Rica Sunday night is due to the friction exerted by the seamounts of the Coco plate when it submerges under the Caribbean plate, on which Costa Rica is located. When sufficient energy is accumulated by the thrust of...

The Earth Shook For Melissa Mora, Literally, During Marriage Proposal

Wait, was that the Earth shaking? That was what Costa Rican model and singer Melissa Mora felt Sunday night when her boyfriend proposed marriage. Later she learned that the Eaarth shaking was from an earthquake that had just hit the beach town of Jaco and...

Sunday Night’s Earthquake Shakes and Rattles Jaco Supermarket

Photos shared on the social networks of a supermarket in Jaco (appears to be a Pali) following Sunday night's earthquake.that claimed three lives, two in Jaco and one in Coronado (San Jose).

Three Dead From Sunday Night’s Earthquake

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica Sunday night, leaving three people dead. As confirmed by the Fuerza Public (National Police), two of the victims were reported in Jaco, the area closest to the epicenter of the main tremor and six replicas. The quakes were...

Deadly Earthquake Could Cost Mexico US $10 Billion, One Percent of Its GDP

The September 19 earthquake that hit Mexico could cost the country up to one percent of its Gross Domestic Product, according to an estimate by the United States Geological Survey, with the impact of the damages reaching as high as US $10 billion. Jaime Reusche,...

7.1 Quake Kills And Crumbles Buildings in Mexico

(AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 104 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Scores of buildings collapsed into mounds of...

What impact would a category 5 have in a city like San Jose, Costa Rica?

I am a great fan (reader) of Quora. Sometimes I spend way too much time there, but a heck of a lot better than the time I spend (waste) on Facebook. Many of the questions are silly, but it is fun to read some of...

Deadly quake, Hurricane Katia a one-two punch for Mexico

JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico and a raging hurricane dealt a devastating one-two punch to the country, killing at least 61 people as workers scrambled to respond to the twin national emergencies. The 8.1 quake off...

8.4 Magnitude Earthquake off Mexico Coast Kills At Least 26

At least 26 people have died, including two children, as a result of a massive 8.4 magnitude earthquake that shook the southern coast of Mexico, Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa has announced. According to Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, at least three...

Early Morning 5.0 Earthquake Shakes Up Southern Zone

An 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Zona Sur (Southern Zone) of Costa Rica this Tuesday morning,  September 5, at 5:28 am. The report of the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) - Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica- indicates that the epicenter...

Earthquakes and Seismic Swarm In The Area of The Poas Volcano Raise Alert

A series of earthquakes and more than 70 seismic swarms and counting since early Thursday evening in the area of the Poas Volcano have the country's authorities on alert. One of the strongest, a 4.8 magnitude, occurred at 7:32 pm Thursday night in the area...

How Economic Freedom Helps Chile Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

(Q24N) A few days ago, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook the south of Chile. Its epicentre was 67 kilometres northwest of Melinka, in Aysén, and generated a tsunami alert in certain coastal sectors of Los Lagos. The earthquake was felt in five regions of the...

27 People Evacuated As 5.3 Earthquake Rocks Central Valley

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - An early evening earthquake surprised many in Cartago and felt throughout the Central Valley, and least 27 people had to be evacuated from their homes in San Rafael de Irazú. The 5.5 quake hit at 6:25pm, with the epicentre located...

5.9 Earthquake Rattles Medellin

  From Today Colombia- A shallow, 5.9 magnitude earthquake rattled residents of Colombia’s second-largest city of Medellin on Tuesday night in the country’s biggest tremor in over a year. Colombia’s natural disaster office said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological...

5.1 Quake Rocks Costa Rica Saturday Afternoon

(QCOSTARICA) A 5.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Costa Rica Saturday at 4:06pm that was felt throughout most of the country, with the exception of Guanacaste. The epicentre was located 13 kilometres and a depth of 29.6 kilometers, northeast of Savegre, in Quepos, according to the National...

4.7 Earthquake Shook Costa Rica This Wednesday Morning

(QCOSTARICA) A 4.7 magnitude earthquake this Wednesday morning shook many different parts of the Central Valley, confirmed the National Seismological and Volcanic Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI). The National Seismological Network (RSN) reported the 10:06am quake as a 4.6. The epicentre of the quake was...

Earthquakes Can Be Scary. Volcanoes Are A Mystery. In Cartago You Can Experience Both Without The Danger

(by Mitzi Stark for QCostarica) Earthquakes can be scary. Volcanoes are a mystery. At MAGMATICA in Cartago you can experience the thrill and fright of both without a shred of danger. MAGMATICA is a tourist delight that shows us how the ground shaking movements of...

Strong Quake Rocks Costa Rica’s North Saturday Night

The  Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) - Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica - reported a strong quake to hit Costa Rica's northern zone on Saturday. The quake, registering more than 5 degrees on with the epicentre located in La Fortuna...

6.1 Quake Hits Northern Nicaragua

  TODAY NICARAGUA – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook the northwestern coast of Nicaragua late Thursday night, at 9:25pm, in the northwester part of the country, not far from the Hondura border. The walls of a church had collapsed in Chinandega, the city...

Turrialba Volcano May Be Ready To “Blow”?

QCOSTARICA - In the last several days the Turrialba volcano has been relatively calm, continuing to spew ash and gases, but, a much reduced rate than the last 'violent' eruption Tuesday night. However, it does not mean we can relax. Nor should we panic. According to...

Turrialba Erupts Violently Tuesday Night

QCOSTARICA - Following 24 hours of relative calm, at 9:45pm Tuesday the Turrialba volcano blew its stack in what is being called a "violent" eruption lasting almost 30 minutes, spewing out a column of ash of some 3,500 metres (3.5 kilometres). Coronado, Guadalupe, Heredia, Alajuela,...

Early Friday Morning Eruptions At The Turrialba Volcano Spreads Ash In The Central Valley

QCOSTARICA - Two early morning eruptions this Friday by the Turrialba volcano, the first at 6:07am and the second at 7:40am, covered the Central Valley with more ash. The first eruption was mild, while the second sent up a column of ash more than 3.000...

Remembering The Limon Earthquake

Friday, April 22, 1991 was the 25th anniversary of the biggest recorded earthquake (temblor in Spanish) in the history of Costa Rica. The 1991 Costa Rica earthquake, known as the Limon earthquake, registered 7.8 on the Richter scale, th  in Pandora, Valle La Estrella, Limon, in...

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