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Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rattles Costa Rica

(Archive image for illustrative purposes.)

(Archive image for illustrative purposes.)

Editor’s note: This article/page will be updated in real-time as additional information becomes available. 

January 17th, 2014 ( An earthquake that is initially being reported as magnitude 5.2 on the Richter scale by the Seismological Network (RSN) of the University of Costa Rica struck at 3:02 p.m., 29 kilometers west of the popular pacific beach town of Jacó in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica, according to the initial reports by the RSN.  The United States Geological Service (USGS) has yet to report the quake.


Readers reported moderate to strong shaking in various areas of the provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste, as well as areas of the Central Valley and San Jose.


There are no reports of injuries or damage at this time.


This article will be updated in real-time as further information becomes available.


(Last update: Jan 17 at 3:22 PM Central American Time (GMT -6)


 UPDATED: 3:32 PM (GMT -6) USGS confirms the earthquake was magnitude 5.2, reporting its epicenter as 21km west of Jacó. 


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  • Derryl Hermanutz

    We live in Jaco. I knew that quake was close because it was jerky, not smooth. The 7.6 in Sept/12 rocked the house but it was smooth, not jerky. Today’s quake was also quite shallow, about 21km, where other recent quakes have all been around 40km deep.

  • ozonator

    My AGW condolences,

    Correct in the standard 2-weeks model, “Costa Rica (5+)” region was publicly predicted under 1/5 – 11/14 in the blog section next to my icon in:


  • JeannieDC

    I live 10 min from Jaco in was shaky nothing serious…Was having a nap and it woke me up with the quick little shakes ….nothing like the 7.6 last year that one knocked me off my chair that one was a heart thumper…..

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