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May 02 2016

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Significant Earthquakes in Costa Rica Over the Last 100 Years

According to a CNN article today, “the death toll from Ecuador’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake climbed to 654 Saturday evening, according to the country’s Risk Management Office. The agency also reported that 58 people remain missing since the April 16 quake and 12,492 are injured. It also announced that almost 26,091 people remain in shelters.”

We have friends living in Ecuador, so this tragedy hits home for us, and we join the rest of the world in mourning the loss of so many lives and the massive destruction.

earthquakesCRWith the Equador earthquake on our hearts and minds, we thought it was a good time to look at the earthquake statistics for Costa Rica and make them available for our readers.

In researching this, I found the most complete and reliable source of data to be the Significant Earthquake Database of the U.S. National Geophysical Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You will need to enlarge the chart below by clicking on it. The chart includes the dates of all significant earthquakes in Costa Rica for the past 100 years, indicates if there was a tsunami associated with the quake, gives the location, depth and magnitude of each quake, and records the loss of life, injuries, and property damage.

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