Twin quakes in the Pacific are felt in center of country

Twin earthquakes took place late this morning off the central Pacific coast.

Monitoring agencies said the magnitudes were better than 5.0 for each.

The first was at 11:16 a. m. about 50.2 kilometers southwest of Bahia Bailena, according to the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The second was at 11:20 a.m. about 44.1 kilometers south west of Bahia Ballena, the Laboratorio said.

The Red Sismológica Nacional, estimated the magnitudes at 5.5 and 5.4 and said that the cause was the subduction of the Coco tectonic plate under the lighter Caribbean. That is the usual cause for Pacific coast earthquakes.

The second was felt moderately in the Central Valley, even thought the magnitude was estimated as being less.

The location is in the Pacific off Dominical, and the quake was felt mainly in the country’s center, said the Laboratorio.

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