A magnitude 3.5 earthquake took place early today about 10 kilometers southeast of Santa Cruz on the Nicoya peninsula not far from the community of Nicoya, said the Red Sismológica Nacional. The time was 12:34 a.m.
The Red Sismológica attributed the quake to the subduction of the Cocos tectonic plate under the lighter Caribbean plate. The quake was felt in at least Nicoya, said the Red. That community suffered damage due to the Sept. 5 quake offshore that had a 7.6 magnitude