It comes as no surprise that Costa Rica, with its mountain chains of active volcanoes, should be earthquake prone. Recent major quakes occurred on March 25th 1990 (7.1 on the Richer scale), and on April 22nd 1991 (7.4 on the Richter scale, killing over 50 people in Costa Rica and about 30 more in Panama). Smaller quakes and tremors happen quite often.
If you are caught in a quake, make sure you are not standing under heavy objects that could fall and injure you. The best places to take shelter if you are in a building are in a door frame or under a sturdy table. If you are in the open, don't stand near walls, telephone poles, or anything that could collapse on you.
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