Costa Rica’s First 2012 Earthquake

Early Rocky Start To 2012

Costa Rica Earthquake 2012With only a few days into the new year, Costa Rica has experienced its first recorded earthquake and likely the Gods were gentle, with only a minor tremor recorded.

The earthquake recorded by the National Seismological Network occurred at approximately 10:37 a.m. yesterday and had a magnitude of 3.3 and was approximately 7.9 kms deep. The location of the tremor was pin pointed to be 2 kms south west of Tobosi at Cartago, one of the oldest towns in Costa Rica. The region is known primarily for its agriculture and there was no damage as a result of the tremors.

Early Tremors As Plates Play

The National Seismological Network has recorded activity in the area since late December. The agency has recorded a variety of tremors ranging from 2.8 to 3.7 in magnitude. The increased activity is clearly an indication that the area is experiencing an increase in its seismic activity and may result in something larger. The region should be prepared for the potential of  a stronger tremor.

In 2011, Costa Rica as a whole experienced approximately 92 earthquakes as a result of the the Cocos and Caribbean plates forming the landscape of Costa Rica. Is this the beginning of a trembling and rocky 2012, only time will tell. In the mean time, it is important for inhabitants of Costa Rica to be aware of the activity surrounding them and ensure they brush up on their earthquake awareness techniques!


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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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