Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 21 km south of Quepos, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on 18 de septiembre del 2019 5:23 am

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 21 km south of Quepos, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on 18 de septiembre del 2019 5:23 am

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 34 km depth

18 Sep 11:38 UTC: First to report: RSN after 16 minutes.
Date & time: Sep 18, 2019 11:23:00 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 18 de septiembre del 2019 5:23 am
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 34.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.246°N / 84.137°W (North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica)
Antipode: 9.246°S / 95.863°E
Nearest volcano: Irazu (87 km / 54 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
21 km (13 mi) S of Quepos (pop: 7,810) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) WSW of San Isidro (pop: 34,900) --> See nearby quakes!
57 km (35 mi) S of Tejar (Acosta) (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) SSW of Paraiso (pop: 39,700) --> See nearby quakes!
75 km (47 mi) S of Curridabat (pop: 34,600) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) S of San Jose (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
83 km (52 mi) S of San Francisco (pop: 55,900) --> See nearby quakes!
84 km (52 mi) S of Heredia (pop: 21,900) --> See nearby quakes!
86 km (53 mi) S of Alajuela (pop: 47,500) --> See nearby quakes!
146 km (91 mi) SW of Puerto Limon (pop: 63,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: RSN
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.234 km21 km al Sur de Quepos. (Costa Rica)RSN
4.744 kmCosta RicaUSGS
4.744 kmCosta RicaEMSC

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Guachipelín de Escazú, San José, CR / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke me up. Sudden short movement.  
Quepos / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Belén, Heredia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke up from it  
Escaleras Escape / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Bail / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
San jose, country inn and suites / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was awake laying in bed and I thought there was an wild animal shaking under my bed or something,(thought how did a monkey get in my room) I wasn't sure what it was..? Now I know it was a earthquake!  
San Marcos, Tarrazú (48.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Rolling motion, woke both my husband and I up.  
Atenas / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Santo Domingo heredia / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up to the bed shaking.  
quepos / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : nothing broken, but house shook as well as separated patio movement felt, 15 -20 seconds , mono cara blanco went crazy just before it hit as well as during. our four legged jumped from her chair and needed cuddling  
Alajuela, San Rafael / Light shaking (MMI IV)
near San Isidro, Pérez Zeledón (35.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Dominical / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Awoken from a deep sleep  
Grecia (92.8 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
San Vicente, Moravia, San José, Costa Rica / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Alajuela / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San Rafael, Alajuela (95.9 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
San jose / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Perez Zeledon, just south of San Isidro del Genera (48.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : light swaying motion, but lasted 6-7 seconds  
Santa Barbara (87.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : My 3 unit apartment building shook. My bed shook. Lasted about 20 seconds (reported through our app)  
San Rafael, Escazú, San José (77.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Av 52A, La Arboleda, San José / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Guadalupe, san jose / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was sleeping and my bed started shaking and it woke me up. I could here the dishes in my kitchen rattling too. It only lasted for a few seconds.  
Capital SAN JOSE CR. (76.2 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
La Bonita De Rivas San Isirdo de El General / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Woke me up  
London / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : Imfelt it aswell  
San Jose at Park Inn Hotel. / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : We were staying on the 7th floor of Park Inn and were both awakened by the shaking about 5:25 am. We commented on the earthquake and went back to sleep.  
Manuel Antonio beach by Quepos / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Like a train passing in the room  
San Rafael, Heredia, Heredia (75.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
San José, Montes de Oca, Vargas Araya (77.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Uruca, San José / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
San jose (74 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It lasted a good 20-30 seconds  
Quepos, Puntarenas (22 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : 4 or five seconds or rolling. (reported through our app)  
San Jose Costa Rica Belen / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Ciudad Colon / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Sitting on 2nd floor front porch window rattled, thought someone was stomping around or low flying plane  
El Cajon de Grecia (100.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I could hear the house noises before I felt the tremor (reported through our app)  
Ipis (near Coronado), Province San José / Light shaking (MMI IV) : My bed suddenly started to skake, so I woke up.  
Escaleras (35.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke me and my son up, daughter slept through it. A short heavy shock. Heard some rattling. (reported through our app)  
Heredia (85.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Manuel Antonio (22.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
near San Isidro, Pérez Zeledón (35.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Cartago, centro (72.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
San Pedro De Montes de oca / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Manuel Antonia (17.8 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Sabanilla de Montes de Oca / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Daniel Flores, Pérez Zeledón, San José (50.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
La Ceniza Perez Zeledon / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It woke me up. Not a long shake this time. I was waiting for second wave and it never came, thank you Lord.  
San Jose (76.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
San Marcos, Tarrazú (45 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Alajuela (86 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : The bed shaking  
Manuel Antonio / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was asleep and was awakened by several strong jolts and rattling windows. I’ve never been awakened by an earthquake before and I’m from Southern California!  
Ojochal,Costa Rica / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Colon, Mora, San José (74.5 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Quepos / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Here on vacation, startled us out of bed. Sliding glass doors shook very hard.  
near Daniel Flores, Pérez Zeledón, San José (43.9 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : About ten seconds of shaking. Woke us up (reported through our app)  
Hatillo, Savegre, Costa Rica / Light shaking (MMI IV) : woke us up on 2nd floor. rumble and shake that lasted longer in one consecutive time than the one on 9/13/19, maybe 15 seconds.  
San Blas / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Platanillo de Baru (33.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Playa hermosa/Jaco / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Dominical / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Bahia drake (81.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Carrillos, Poás, Alajuela (89.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Muy leve (reported through our app)  
San Isidro, Pérez Zeledón (50.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Santa Ana, San Jose / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke up. Lots of things shaking and rattling  
San Ramon de Alajuela (99.8 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Carrillos, Poás, Alajuela (89.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
San Jose / Light shaking (MMI IV) : woke up from the quake  
San Isidro de Heredia (66.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Carrillos, Poás, Alajuela (88.7 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
manuel antonio / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Pavas (Costa Rica, 59 km NW of epicenter) : Woke me up (reported through EMSC)  
Jaco (Costa Rica, 72 km W of epicenter) : My bed shook and the pool water was rocking. (reported through EMSC)  
San Rafael (Costa Rica, 64 km NW of epicenter) : Leve y corto (reported through EMSC)  
Santo Domingo (Costa Rica, 61 km NW of epicenter) : Fuerte y de larga duración, asilatorio y con retumbó segundos antes (reported through EMSC)  
San Vicente (Costa Rica, 58 km NW of epicenter) : Se sintió un poco en Moravia (reported through EMSC)  
San Rafael (Costa Rica, 57 km NW of epicenter) : Short lived but well felt. (reported through EMSC)  
San Jose (Costa Rica, 55 km NW of epicenter) : Bien sentido, hizo temblar la cama (reported through EMSC)  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

  • 15 Nov 2019 03:13 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    32 km (19.9 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | RSN | Details
  • 15 Nov 2019 02:55 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (12 mi) distance
    | RSN | Details
  • 25 Oct 2019 09:58 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | RSN | Details

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