Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 62 km west of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, on Monday, May 9, 1983 at 15:53 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 62 km west of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, on Monday, May 9, 1983 at 15:53 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 39 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: May 9, 1983 15:53:03 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 39.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.233°N / 82.957°W (Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama)
Antipode: 8.233°S / 97.043°E
Nearest volcano: Baru (79 km / 49 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
5 km (3 mi) W of Guanabano (Chiriquí) (pop: 139) --> See nearby quakes!
12 km (7 mi) WSW of Puerto Armuelles (Chiriquí) (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
24 km (15 mi) NNW of Burica (Chiriquí) (pop: 1,360) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) SSW of Progreso (PA.02.0419, Chiriquí) (pop: 2,210) --> See nearby quakes!
33 km (21 mi) SW of Divala (Chiriquí) (pop: 2,510) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) SW of Concepcion (Chiriquí) (pop: 17,700) --> See nearby quakes!
59 km (37 mi) WSW of Pedregal (Distrito de David, Chiriquí) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
62 km (38 mi) WSW of David (Chiriquí) (pop: 82,000) --> See nearby quakes!
226 km (140 mi) SE of San Jose (San José, Costa Rica) (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
387 km (241 mi) WSW of Panama (Panamá) (pop: 408,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.139 kmPanama-Costa Rica border regionUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Oct 15, 1983 06:26
38 years ago
4.6

33 km
Coto Brus, 8.4 km N of Corredor, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Oct 12, 1983 03:39
38 years ago
5.7

20 km
North Pacific Ocean, 54 km SW of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 23, 1983 23:44
38 years ago
5.6

42 km
37 km SW of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore

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