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Magnitude-5.2 earthquake shakes Costa Rica, with epicenter off coast near Jacó

The first major earthquake of 2014 rocked Costa Rica around 3:02 p.m. Friday.

The epicenter of the magnitude-5.2 earthquake was about 30 kilometers off the central Pacific coast, just southwest of Jacó, according to the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network and other reports.

A map showing where the earthquake was felt hardest.

(Courtesy of Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica UCR)

The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) registered a magnitude-5.3.

The earthquake was felt in most of the country, including the Central Valley, Alajuela and parts of the northern region (including San Carlos). In San José, it seemed to last at least 10 seconds. No significant damage or any injuries have been reported.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 30 kilometers west of Cóbano, Puntarenas on the Central Pacific coast.

(Courtesy of OVSICORI)

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Allie Red

i been in and out of the country for the past 10 years. small shakers on and off. No snow/ice or freezing temps!! ill take the quakes.. i lived in California for 15 years and went trough 3 major quakes, now thats real movement…
Regardless, the beauty and great year round climate is magnificent Il take it……

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My daughter is in cobano and i have not been able to communicate with her.any reported damages there?

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Patrick Basler

I have lived in Costa Rica for 12 years and been thru several earthquakes. Our buildings are designed to withstand a lot. The 7.3 quake We had outside of the Nicoya did some damage, mostly to roads, but the quake was very deep 188 km. As someone pointed out in another comment, we don’t have hurricanes ever but We do get the rain, especially in 2005.

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Michael S. There has not been a direct hit by a hurricane in CR in recorded history… So, sorry, the earthquakes are what we are concerned about.

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I guess some are forgetting the quake Jan 8 2009 near Poas that buried many people in landslides and trapped about 200 tourists in La Paz Waterfall Garden Hotel

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Michael Spaargaren

I think hurricanes are more damaging and more frequent than earthquakes in CR.

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Al Bee

There was a 7.6 just over a year ago, and that did not do too much damage… But if a earthquake of that size would hit the GAM then there would be damage… I am thankful that the most big earthquakes are out on the coastal area….

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Chris Wood

I lived in San Jose, CR for about 5 years and went through a number of smaller quakes, mostly centered around the southern Pacific coast of the country. Never any significant damage or injuries, but I have never heard of any major damaging quakes in the country. The worst one I heard of was , I believe , back in the 50’s and did a good job destroying the rail system as it was back then, but, the country was pretty devoid of infrastructure back then , the rail system was mainly built and used by the fruit companies bringing bananas to the port of Limon..again I do not believe there was loss of life in that quake either.

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DML Blane

People choosing to live in Costa Rica often tout that there are no hurricanes in CR. Could an earthquake, a real earthquake ever happen in this area? I think they had a big one in Guatemala City several years ago that did big time dammage? Anyone taking wagers on this?

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