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Another pair of 4+ magnitude earthquakes rock Costa Rica

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January 23rd, 2013 ( A second pair of earthquakes shook Costa Rica yesterday; just three days after a pair of 4+ magnitude earthquakes were felt on Saturday, January 19th.


The first, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, struck at 3:29 pm.  Its epicenter was in the city of Cartago.


Residents in the eastern area of the capital city, San Jose, in areas such as Montes de Oca, Curridabat, and Coronado reported feeling strong movement. Residents on the other side of the city, in Escazu, also felt the quake.


The second earthquake struck yesterday at 9:21 pm. The quake was located 17 kilometers west of Samara, Guanacaste.  According to the National Seismology Network, the quake had a magnitude of 4.7 degrees. The quake occurred at a depth of 9.3 kilometers, and was felt in the Nicoya Peninsula.  This is the same area that was rocked by a massive 7.6-magnitude quake on September 5th, 2012.


Costa Rica’s National Emergency Response (CNE, in Spanish) did not report any damage to the country’s infrastructure, nor any injuries caused by yesterday’s quakes.



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