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Quake shakes southern Costa Rica

In the latest seismological event to happen in Costa Rica this week, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck off the country’s southern coast at 2:37 p.m. Saturday, the National Seismological Network (RSN) reported.

The quake’s epicenter was 29.8 kilometers off the coast of Puerto Jiménez, Puntarenas, along the Cocos Plate. It could be felt across southern Costa Rica and in parts of the capital, San José, according to an intensity map released by RSN.

There were no initial reports of damage.

Saturday’s tremor followed a week of renewed volcanic activity at Turrialba Voclano, when several eruptions covered the Central Valley in ash and closed Juan Santamaría International Airport for several hours Thursday.

Earlier in April, two similar earthquakes shook the country on Good Friday with magnitudes of 4.8 and 5.2.

Contact Zach Dyer at zdyer@ticotimes.net

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