More than 500 aftershocks rattle Costa Rica

September 7, 2012COSTA RICAAccording to the latest report from Costa Rica’s Volcano and Earthquake Watch (Ovsicori), issued at 7:30 am local time (1330 GMT) Thursday, some 530 aftershocks stronger than 2 on the Richter scale have been registered, with the strongest occurring before dawn on Thursday, at 3:07 am (0907 GMT). The epicenter of the 5.1 quake was also located in Guanacaste, 151 kilometers west of the capital San Jose, and 14 kilometers beneath the earth’s surface, seismic experts said. Aftershocks as strong as 6 on the Richter scale are normal as shifting tectonic plates release energy following an earthquake of major magnitude, like the quake on Wednesday, said the experts. The Ovsicori said it was studying the seismic data from Wednesday’s quake, which hit at 8:42 am (1442 GMT), to determine the extent of tectonic activity along the so-called Nicoya Fault, which had not registered movement this strong since Oct. 5, 1950. Only one man was killed by the 7.6 tremor, when a wall collapsed on him, though officials said Wednesday that two elderly women suffered heart attacks from the fright. Costa Rica’s Red Cross said Thursday a total of 112 people had received medical treatment, mostly for anxiety and high blood pressure. But the quake did cause material damage to some 100 homes as well as at least two historic landmarks at the site of the quake’s epicenter in Nicoya, Guanacaste, according to officials. –China
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One Response to More than 500 aftershocks rattle Costa Rica

  1. latinmolina says:

    How profoundly disturbing to see all this happening at once. My heart goes out to them and their family…May you find your way through the turmoil and your children be safe….

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