Saturday 18 September 2021

6.1 Quake Shakes Costa Rica

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A 6.2 earthquake shook Costa Rica on Friday afternoon at 5:22 pm, in the southern zone. The quake was felt throughout most of the country.

Supermercado BM, in Agua Buena de Coto Brus. Gustavo Araya Mena

According to the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori), the epicenter was located some 5 kilometers southeast of Golfito, Puntarenas, at a depth of 21 kilometers.

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The jolt was felt strongest in Corredores and San Vito de Coto Brus and throughout Puntarenas, La Unión, Cartago, Turrialba, Orotina, Tilarán, San Pedro de Barva and Pococí. It was also felt strong in Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí in Panama.

No reports of injuries or major damage were reports.

In some places store shelves were emptied, on the social media, some reported their kitchen cabinets emptied from the tremor.


Did you feel it. The RSN map indicates reports of where the quake was felt most

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The Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) also reported the quake as a 6.2, the tremor was by subduction of the Coco plate under the Caribbean plate


It noted that the area of Friday’s quake is an active zone, the last major quake to hit the area was in 1983 in Golfo Dulce.

The RSN reported an aftershock at 5:59 pm, registering 5.1, the epicenter 5 kilometers northeast of Pavon de Golfito, at a depth of 6 km; six minutes later, at 5:55 pm, a 4.0 tremor originated some 7 kilometers south of Golfito.

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Replicas continue, visit the RSN Twitter page for the latest.

The Sistema Nacional de Monitoraeo de Sunamis (Sinamot) ruled out any possibility of a tsunami.

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