Earthquakes in the Pacific Coast are usually caused by the action between the Coco and Caribbean plates.
 - National Seismological Network photo.















Published Tuesday, August 25, 2020

6.2 and 3.6 earthquakes hit
Jaco Beach in a day



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 

At 3:51 p.m. on Monday, a strong earthquake was felt in most of the country, with an epicenter 12 km south of Jacó Beach in Puntarenas Province. So far no reports of material damage have been made.

According to the Costa Rica Volcanological and Seismological Observatory and the National Seismological Network, the revised Richter scale was 6.2 with a depth of 23 kilometers. Originally the first report read the earthquake was a 5.7.

According to the National Emergency Commission, the earthquake was felt in most of the country, however, no emergency calls were reported for structural damages or people.

The National Tsunami Monitoring System,Sinamot, of the National University, ruled out the risk of a tsunami on the Pacific Coast, a few minutes after the earthquake.

The second earthquake was reported at
8:54 p.m., Richter magnitude 3.6, with a depth of 21 kilometers, epicenter 13 km south of Jaco Beach downtown.

This is the third earthquake to hit Jacó Beach within a few days. Last Saturday, an earthquake was recorded at 6:38 a.m. with a Richter magnitude of 3.3, located 9 km Southeast of Jacó Beach, with a depth of 11 km, reported the National Seismological Network.

Earthquakes in the Pacific Coast are usually caused by the action between the Coco and Caribbean plates,  said Lepolt Linkimer- Abarca of the Seismological Network.

The Cocos Plate is a young oceanic tectonic plate beneath the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Central America. Its name comes from the fact that the Cocos Island rides upon it.

The Cocos Plate is bounded by several different plates. To the northeast, it is bounded by the North American Plate and the Caribbean Plate. To the west, it is bounded by the Pacific Plate and to the south by the Nazca Plate.



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