October 15th, 2012 – Costa Rica residents experienced a new earthquake on Friday, at around 1:20 p.m. local time. The earthquake was of 5.2 magnitude, with its epicenter 11 kilometers southwest of Parrita, in Puntarenas.
“(Friday’s) earthquake was completely different from the quake in Nicoya, the only similar thing is the process of subduction that they both present, however, due to each one’s epicenter, they are not related in any way,” said Lepolt Linkimer, from the National Seismology Network.
Juan Segura, seismologist at OVSICORI, speaking to the local newspaper, Diario Extra, stated that aftershocks might continue this week. He also said OVSICORI has a theory based on a study carried out by experts Federico Guendel and Marino Protti, which they say indicates that another earthquake may occur in the next 7 days.
Linkimer, however, dismisses this theory and says it has “no fundamentals.” He recommends the population not be scared, but says residents should not let down their guards and continue with preventive measures and emergency planning.
According to reports from National Emergency Response (CNE) and the Red Cross, local teams did not report any damage from Friday’s quake.