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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - 7 Km Al Oeste De Golfito, Puntarenas. on Sunday, 19 August 2018

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 6.1 quake: Costa Rica, 17 Aug 2018 23:22, which had occurred 1 day 3 hours earlier.
Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - 7 Km Al Oeste De Golfito, Puntarenas. on Sunday, 19 August 2018
19 Aug 02:32 UTC: First to report: RSN after 12 minutes.
Date & time: Sunday, 19 August 2018 02:20 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 18 de agosto del 2018 8:20 pm
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 18.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.598°N / 83.216°W (Costa Rica)
Nearest volcano: Baru (78 km / 48 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
11 km (7 mi) W of Golfito (pop: 6,800)
30 km (19 mi) W of Corredor (pop: 7,100)
36 km (22 mi) NW of El Coco (pop: 200)
88 km (55 mi) NW of David (pop: 82,000)
156 km (97 mi) S of Limón (pop: 63,100)
176 km (110 mi) SE of San José (pop: 335,000)
Primary data source: RSN
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
18 de agosto del 2018 8:20 pm (19 Aug 02:20:00 UTC)M 5.3 / 18 km7 Km Al Oeste De Golfito, Puntarenas.RSN
Sun, 19 Aug 02:20 UTCM 5.0 / 10 km Costa RicaGFZ
Sun, 19 Aug 02:20 UTCM 4.6 / 30 kmCOSTA RICAEMSC
2018-08-18 20:20:33 -06:00 (19 Aug 02:20:33 UTC)M 4.6 / 21 km- 9km NNE of Golfito, Costa RicaUSGS

User reports for this quake (17)

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Puriscal, Santiago, Costa Rica (186.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Escaleras, Dominical / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : While lying down felt light rocking.
Boca Chica, Panama (76.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
87.8 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Aguijitas (49.9 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Uvita Costa rica / Light shaking (MMI IV)
24.7 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Osa Conservation / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Definitely felt The building shake while laying in bed.
Volcan Panama / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Uvita / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Not as much movement as yesterday, but the patio shook at the pool rippled
Heredia, Costa Rica / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Puerto Armuelles, Panama / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Sitting in bed and felt like something bumped the bed. Clothes in closet swinging.
193.1 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
180.9 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Santo Domingo (Costa Rica, 176 km NW of epicenter) : La maison à bouger légèrement (reported through EMSC)
(Costa Rica, 63 km NW of epicenter) : We felt the shaking, seemed to last about 15 seconds. (reported through EMSC)
Golfito (Costa Rica, 9 km S of epicenter) : Fuerte pero corto (reported through EMSC)

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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - 7 Km Al Oeste De Golfito, Puntarenas. on Sunday, 19 August 2018

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