Four quakes mark anniversary of the 7.9 event off Sámara

Mother Nature commemorated the first anniversary of the Sámara earthquake by providing four more Thursday.

The first was at 6:29 a.m. some 79 kilometers west of Tamarindo in the Pacific Ocean. The magnitude was reported to be 5.8, said the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The Laboratorio said that the Thursday quake was so far from the coastline that it most likely was not related to the 2012 quake.

A second quake at 12:31 p.m. had an epicenter two kilometers north northwest of Nosara. This is in an area that has seen repeated quakes generated by the 7.6 magnitude Sámara quake.

The Laboratorio reported two afternoon quakes. The first at 4:34 p.m. was about 58  miles west of Cabo Vela in Santa Cruz on the north Pacific coast. The magnitude was 4.5.

Then at 5:54 p.m. a fourth quake took place about 73 miles west of Cabo Vela, said the Laboratorio.

This one had a magnitude of  4.8 and was felt in Santa Cruz and in Nosara, according to the Laboratorio.

Also Thursday morning, Sámara resident Belle Richardson reflected on the quake a year ago. In an email she said she had told friends that there probably would be a quake Thursday because it was the anniversary of the 2012 event. She wondered why there was not a news story in A.M. Costa Rica about the anniversary.

She said that Thursday night a large party was planned to mark the one-year anniversary and that there is gathering today in the mountains east of her town at the restaurant where many residents sought refuge after the early morning quake a year ago. They feared a tsunami.

“Many new friendships were made after the quake as people bound together to support each other and wait it out,” she said. “For all of us still here it’s beautiful to see how our small community continues to hold itself together months after the frightening experience.”

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