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Wednesday 14 January 2009, San José, Costa Rica

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Thousands On Alert For Aftershocks
The big quake occurred at 1:21pm last Thursday. However, the ground had not yet settled and series of aftershocks, some strong enough to instill panic have been occurring, even though experts say that it is almost impossible for another 6.2 quake to hit on the same fault.

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reports 2.8 quake occurred on Tuesday (January 12) at 6:45pm, 1 kilometres south of Vara Blanca, affecting Vara Blanca, Poasito and Tacàres de Grecia.

Minutes later, at 7:25pm, a 3.5 quake was felt 7 kilometres northeast of the Bajos del Toro and at 8:23 it shook again 7 kilometres southeast of Cinchona, the hardest hit of Thursday's quake, as a 4.1 tremor was felt in Heredia, Alajuela, San Jose, Rio Cuarto de Grecia and Miramar de Puntarenas.

At 9:37 another 4.0 jolt located 10 kilometres nortbf of Bajo del Toro was felt in Bajos del Toro, Heredia, Alajuela, San Jose, San Ramon and Ciudad Quesada.

On Wednesday (January 13) at 1:09am a 4.3 quake centred in Fraijanes as felt in most areas of the Central valley, strongest felt in Poasito Frijanes Vara Blanca Heredia and Zapote .

The constant tremors put at risk rescue and recovery operations and has kept more than 2.000 in shelters fearing a return to their homes.

The Cruz Roja Costarricense (Red Cross) and the Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - national emergency commission - say they will continue their efforts notwithstanding the aftershocks

For an update on the latest tremors visit the OVSICORI website and click on
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