Strong earthquake on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific is felt across country

November 12, 2017

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica at 8:28 pm, with an epicenter approximately 15 km southwest of the Central Pacific beach town of Esterillos, according to the National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVISCORI).

Tico Times readers reported feeling the quake very strongly in the Central Valley, where buildings swayed and some residents headed out into the streets, and as far away as Puerto Viejo de Limón on the opposite coast. Readers in Guanacaste who sent comments immediately following the quake said they felt little to no effects.

A reader in the Jacó area, near the epicenter of the major quake and two aftershocks, said that people there had reported artwork and other objects falling from the walls and breaking. A reader from Playa Hermosa, even closer to the epicenter, reported that while the experience was certainly terrifying, electricity was still on and no damage was visible from her vantage point.

The Costa Rican Red Cross indicated on its Facebook page at approximately 9:15 pm that it had not received reports of any serious injuries or damage by that time, but that it was monitoring the situation.

The daily La Nación reported that firefighters were reviewing the Mall San Pedro in San José, apparently for signs of any quake-related damage, but the specific reasons for their presence are not clear at this time.

We will continue to report on this developing story. Please send information, photos or video to kstanley@ticotimes.net.

You may be interested

VIDEO: Will Costa Rica recognize this same-sex marriage?
Human rights
571 views
Human rights
571 views

VIDEO: Will Costa Rica recognize this same-sex marriage?

Elizabeth Lang - January 22, 2018

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) ruled Jan. 9 that all member states, including Costa Rica, must recognize same-sex…

VIDEO: Four things to avoid in your first surfing lesson
Travel and Tourism
896 views
Travel and Tourism
896 views

VIDEO: Four things to avoid in your first surfing lesson

Elizabeth Lang - January 21, 2018

It's hard to spend any amount of time at Tamarindo Beach, on Costa Rica's northwestern Pacific coast, without taking part…

The world in Tamarindo: an eclectic mix on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast
The World in Costa Rica
1259 views
The World in Costa Rica
1259 views

The world in Tamarindo: an eclectic mix on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast

Elizabeth Lang - January 21, 2018

Sand, a calm ocean, palm trees, occasional crocodiles, and a vibrant community of Costa Ricans and expats: you'll find all…