The first earthquake to report for the year shook Costa Rica Friday afternoon. The 5.2 quake occurred in the country Cental Pacific coast, some 30 kilometres southwest of Cobano, in Puntarenas(9.634°N 84.824°W), reports the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) by the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) and the USGS.
At the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI), run by the Universidad Nacional (UNA), the quake was reported at 5.3.
The earthquake was felt throughout the country, including the Central Valley (San José), lasting at least 10 seconds. No damage or injuries were reported.
Tremors are an ongoing occurrence in Costa Rica. Reporting in the news media usually occurs with quakes registering near or over 5.0 on the Richter Scale.