Wednesday 20 October 2021

5.16 Quake jolts Costa Rica

The quake was felt throughout most of the country

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QCOSTARICA – A 5.16 magnitude quake jolted Costa Rica Tuesday at 8:54 pm, occurring 28 km southeast of Puerto Escondido de Garabito in Puntarenas, as reported by the VObservatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) of the Universidad Nacional (UNA).

The Ovsicori mentioned that the depth of movement was 10 km.

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Two aftershocks of less intensity were registered, the first at 9:07 pm with a magnitude of 3.4 and at the second at 9:12 pm with a 2.9 magnitude and its epicenter 27.7 km southeast of Cabuya de Puntarenas.

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias  (CNE) National Emergency Commission – assured they have not received any reports of damages.

For its part, the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) recorded the 8:54 pm quake at a 5.0, in the same location with the reference point 31 km west of Jacó de Garabito, Puntarenas, and a depth of 19 km. The location is the same, however, the network used another reference point:

Additionally, RSN recorded the aftershocks, the first as a 4.0 degree with the location 24 km west of Jacó de Garabito, Puntarenas and the second 3.5 degrees 16 km west of Jacó de Garabito, Puntarenas.

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