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).