October 10th, 2012 – NICOYA, COSTA RICA – A magnitude 5.3 (according to USGS) earthquake struck 13km northeast of Nicoya, Guanacaste, at 6:19am local time this morning. The earthquake is being described as an aftershock of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake which rocked Costa Rica on September 5th.
Reports of strong shaking throughout various areas of the Guanacaste province have been received, including Playa Conchal. Moderate shaking lasting 5 to 10 seconds was also described in the tourist areas of Playas del Coco and Playa Hermosa in northern Guanacaste. Light shaking was also reported in Orotina.
The temblor was reported as being felt as far away as the central valley, including Heredia and the capital of San Jose. A representative of Hospital Calderon Guardia, in San Jose, reported minor shaking but said no evacuation measures were taken and the hospital is operating normally.
No reports of injuries or damages have been received at this time. Various government and news agencies reported the quake’s magnitude between 5.2 and 5.8 on the richter scale.
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