Moderate quake rattles western part of country after lunch

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake took place at 1:03 p.m. today at the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya.

Residents in most of the central and western part of the country felt the quake, but in the Central Valley it was just a slight shake, two to three points on the 10-point earthquake perception scale.
The quake was felt the strongest on the central Pacific in the Jacó area and on the east shore of the Nicoya peninsula.

The Laboratorio de Ingenería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica said the quake intensity registered at six points at the Cruz Roja in Jacó and at the Cruz Roja in Paquera. Five points on the intensity scale means a moderate quake with little damage, said the laboratory.

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