Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 434 km southwest of Panama City, Panama District, on Saturday, December 6, 1958 at 09:33 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 434 km southwest of Panama City, Panama District, on Saturday, December 6, 1958 at 09:33 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 15 km depth

Date & time: Dec 6, 1958 09:33:50 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.577°N / 82.615°W (North Pacific Ocean, Panama)
Antipode: 6.577°S / 97.385°E
Nearest volcano: Baru (248 km / 154 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
164 km (102 mi) S of Burica (pop: 1,360) --> See nearby quakes!
191 km (119 mi) S of Puerto Armuelles (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
197 km (122 mi) S of Guarumal (pop: 1,580) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (124 mi) S of Pedregal (Distrito de David) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
213 km (132 mi) SSW of Tolé (pop: 2,790) --> See nearby quakes!
214 km (133 mi) SW of Sona (Soná) (pop: 7,670) --> See nearby quakes!
236 km (146 mi) SW of La Mesa (pop: 2,090) --> See nearby quakes!
247 km (154 mi) SW of Santiago (pop: 45,400) --> See nearby quakes!
248 km (154 mi) SW of Cañazas (pop: 3,220) --> See nearby quakes!
434 km (270 mi) SW of Panama City (pop: 408,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.015 kmsouth of PanamaUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Apr 9, 1959 17:36
63 years ago

15 km
North Pacific Ocean, 382 km SW of Panama City, Panama DistrictMore

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