PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA – October 14th, 2012 – The National Seismology Network (RSN), registered 8 aftershocks in a period of 7 hours after the 5.2 earthquake which struck near Playa Palma Parrita, Puntarenas, on Friday.
According to Leopolt Linkimer, from RSN, the largest aftershock had a magnitude of 3.8 in the Richter scale.
The earthquake was caused because of subduction between the Coco and Caribe plates.
“Earthquakes are very frequent in the Central Pacific area, it is one of the areas in the country in which the most temblors occur,” said Linkimer.
Significant earthquakes have occurred in Parrita and nearby locations, including August 1999 ( 6.2 magnitude) , November 2004 ( 6.2 magnitude ), and most recently, in February, this year, a 5.9 earthquake occurred 40 kilometers south of Quepos.
No significant injuries or damage have been reported from Friday’s quake.