Quake in Nicaragua felt strongest in Costa Rica

Star is the estimated location of the quake epicenter. Circles show from where residents reported feeling the tremor. Only in Costa Rica did residents report a moderate quake, which is indicated by the green color. U.S. Geological Survey graphic

When a 5.9 earthquake hit north of Rivas in Nicaragua Monday afternoon, it appears that residents in northern Costa Rica felt more of a shock than those living closer to the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey showed that residents in Liberia and in Nicoya reported a light to moderate quake. Residents in El Crucero and San Juan de Sur in Nicaragua reported only a light quake.

The epicenter was in the west side of Lago Nicaragua north of Rivas. San José residents felt a light quake at 4:38 p.m.

The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica of the Universidad de Costa Rica said that the quake registered at sensors in Paquera, Nosara and Santa Cruz.

The unusual distribution of the intensity may have been because the quake was at a depth of 183.4 km (114 miles).

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