M 7.7 Valle de la Estrella, Costa Rica Earthquake
April 22, 1991

Additional images for this earthquake available on CD-ROM


Lateral spreading of the banks destroyed the caisson foundations supporting this steel truss railway bridge across the Rio Bananito, allowing it to drop onto the banks.

The collapsed 4-story concrete frame International Hotel in central Limon, the only catastrophic collapse in the downtown district

The remains of the oil recycling tank after it caught fire and exploded, throwing the steel casing about 20 meters

Liquefaction and lateral spreading induced fissures in the main east-west highway between Siquerres and Puerto Limon