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The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported on Monday afternoon that a 5.3-magnitude earthquake had struck the Central American country of Costa Rica.
According to the EMSC, the quake’s epicenter lay 70 kilometers southwest of the capital of San Jose, below the country’s Pacific coast at a depth of 30 kilometers. It was initially reported as a magnitude 6.0 quake, but later revised downward in strength by the EMSC.
Felt #earthquake (#sismo) M6.0 strikes 66 km SW of San José (Costa Rica) 8 min ago. Please report to: https://t.co/mpv4ErnHHi pic.twitter.com/kn9q3TMTSG
Costa Rica is prone to earthquakes as it sits along the so-called « Pacific Rim of Fire, » named for its notorious geological activity, and close to the intersection of four major tectonic plates, the Caribbean Plate, the South American Plate, the Cocos plate and the Nazca plate.
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