5.0 quake takes place offshore

An earthquake with an estimated intensity of 5.0 took place Friday afternoon just southwest of Palo Seco in the Pacific Ocean.

The quake as felt in the southern Nicoya peninsula, and most of central Costa Rica. Palo Seco is on the central Pacific coast.

The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica said the quake was felt strongest that area around Quepos. The quake took place at 1:24 p.m. and some Central Valley communications were disrupted temporarily. The Laboratorio said the epicenter was about 23 kilometers (about 14 miles) west of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.

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