SAMARA, COSTA RICA – September 10th, 2012 – Over 200 aftershocks have been strong enough to be felt since the 7.6 earthquake in Samara, according to the latest report from the Volcanology and Seismology Observatory in Costa Rica (OVSICORI).
The aftershock that occurred at 2:29pm on Saturday afternoon, 14 km southwest of Samara, had a magnitude of 5.6 degrees on the Richter scale. This has been the strongest aftershock registered and felt by the population since last Wednesday’s quake.
After the aftershock, rumors began circulating that some towns in Guanacaste may be evacuated. However, OVSICORI confirmed this was not true.
Victor Gonzalez, director of OVSICORI, explained that aftershocks are normal, and asked the population to remain alert.
The National Emergency Commission, CNE, lifted the country’s “red alert” status Saturday afternoon.