Early morning earthquake rattles much of country

A moderate 4.4-magnitude earthquake took place at 2:46 a.m. today in the hills above Jacó.

The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica said the quake was at Sabanillas de Acosta and about 12.7 kilometers south southeast of Puriscal.

The Red Sismológica Nacional solicited reports on its Facebook page, and three respondents said the quake was strong in Heredia. However a report from Puriscal said that the quake was not too strong there. Another said that the quake was felt strongly in Alajuela.

One poster said the quake was accompanied by a noise in Pavas but that the shockwave was not too stong.

The Laboratorio’s initial report said the quake was felt in much of the country.

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