Picture taken on July 22, 2012 shows boats sailing in the sea at sunset on the Tamarindo Beach, 250 kilometers northwest of San Jose City, Costa Rica. (Photo: Xinhua)
SAN JOSE, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- A 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted northern and central Costa Rica on Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Seismological Network at the University of Costa Rica.
The quake struck at 3:14 p.m. local time (21:14 GMT), 2 kilometers north of Venecia de San Carlos, a town located 81 kilometers north of the capital San Jose, the agency said.
Though the quake occurred at a depth of 111 kilometers, it was strong enough to alarm some residents in affected areas, with several buildings being evacuated as a precaution.
So far, no injuries have been reported, according to the National Emergency Commission and rescue workers.