Parrita experienced a mild earthquake early today at 12:12 a.m.. The Red Sismológica Nacional said that the magnitude was 4.5. The estimated epicenter was 13 kilometers south of Parrita on the central Pacific coast.
The quake was felt in Quepos and the Valle Central, said the Red.
A quake of this magnitude is enough to rattle some dishes and perhaps cause minor damage.
The quake was attributed to the usual reason for quakes in that area, the subduction of the Coco tectonic plate below the lighter Caribbean.
The intersection of these geological plates is the reason for Costa Rica’s central mountains and even its active volcanoes.