Year’s Biggest Earthquake Felt

July 2, 2004

THE largest earthquake recorded inCosta Rica this year struck in the PacificOcean 100 kilometers west of the coastof the northern province of Guanacastethis week.It hit Tuesday at 1 a.m. with a magnitudeof 5.8 on the Richter scale, accordingto the Volcanological and SeismologicalObservatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI),located at the Universidad Nacional(UNA) in Heredia.Though no damage was reported, thequake was felt throughout the westernside of the country and in the CentralValley.Its depth was a shallow 10 kilometers,according to OVSICORI.

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