Major magnitude 7.6 earthquake - 34 km south of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, on Monday, April 22, 1991 at 21:56 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.6 earthquake - 34 km south of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, on Monday, April 22, 1991 at 21:56 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Apr 22, 1991 21:56:51 UTC
Magnitude: 7.6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.685°N / 83.073°W (Limon, Provincia de Limon, Costa Rica)
Antipode: 9.685°S / 96.927°E
Nearest volcano: Durika (43 km / 27 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
26 km (16 mi) WSW of Cahuita (Limón) (pop: 646) --> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) S of Puerto Limon (Limón) (pop: 63,100) --> See nearby quakes!
66 km (41 mi) SE of Siquirres (Limón) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
67 km (42 mi) WNW of Changuinola (Bocas del Toro, Panama) (pop: 18,000) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) ESE of Turrialba (Cartago) (pop: 29,000) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) ENE of San Isidro (San José) (pop: 34,900) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) E of Paraiso (Cartago) (pop: 39,700) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) ESE of Cartago (pop: 26,600) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) SE of Guapiles (Pococí, Limón) (pop: 19,100) --> See nearby quakes!
114 km (71 mi) ESE of San Jose (San José) (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1016 joules (4402 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3.8 x 106 tons of TNT or 236.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (91 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Apr 20, 1993 14:45
29 years ago
4.0

33 km
Guacimo, Provincia de Limon, 63 km NE of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 5, 1993 07:05
29 years ago
3.9

43 km
Paraiso, Provincia de Cartago, 33 km SE of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 4, 1993 12:25
29 years ago
3.8

5 km
North Pacific Ocean, 35 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Apr 1, 1993 18:54
29 years ago
4.9

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 33 km SE of Isla Cabo Blanco Island, Costa RicaMore
Mar 28, 1993 20:21
29 years ago
3.7

10 km
North Pacific Ocean, 135 km S of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Mar 28, 1993 18:01
29 years ago
5.1

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 127 km SW of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Mar 9, 1993 21:20
29 years ago
3.6

33 km
Caribbean Sea, 169 km W of Panama City, Panama DistrictMore
Jan 11, 1993 08:22
29 years ago
4.2

32 km
11 km N of Canas, Cañas, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Jan 4, 1993 02:59
29 years ago
4.7

41 km
North Pacific Ocean, 98 km S of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Jan 4, 1993 02:45
29 years ago
4.6

27 km
Quepos, Provincia de Puntarenas, 65 km S of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Jan 2, 1993 06:44
29 years ago
3.4

10 km
Talamanca, Costa Rica, 17 km NW of Changuinola, PanamaMore
Dec 23, 1992 07:18
29 years ago
4.6

162 km
43 km NW of Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos, Provincia de Alajuela, Costa RicaMore
Dec 9, 1992 07:45
29 years ago
4.9

54 km
Pérez Zeledon, 76 km S of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Dec 8, 1992 06:08
29 years ago
4.1

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 49 km SW of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Nov 30, 1992 14:15
29 years ago
4.9

20 km
Osa, Provincia de Puntarenas, 76 km SE of San Isidro, Costa RicaMore
Nov 23, 1992 18:02
29 years ago
3.9

10 km
Moravia, 22 km NE of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Oct 6, 1992 07:05
29 years ago
4.1

10 km
13 km NW of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 30, 1992 01:49
29 years ago
4.2

10 km
Santa Cruz, 22 km NW of Nicoya, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Sep 20, 1992 14:13
29 years ago
4.4

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 81 km W of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Sep 17, 1992 05:01
29 years ago
4.8

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 92 km W of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Sep 14, 1992 08:34
29 years ago
4.5

10 km
Poas, Provincia de Alajuela, 25 km NW of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Sep 10, 1992 15:03
29 years ago
5.9

27 km
North Pacific Ocean, 125 km SW of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Sep 9, 1992 10:47
29 years ago
4.3

33 km
Acosta, 22 km SW of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Sep 9, 1992 04:35
29 years ago
4.3

10 km
49 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 7, 1992 17:35
29 years ago
3.4

33 km
19 km SE of Nicaragua, Departamento de Rivas, NicaraguaMore
Sep 3, 1992 06:59
29 years ago
4.7

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 66 km W of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Sep 2, 1992 16:09
29 years ago
4.3

10 km
Montes de Oro, 12 km N of Chacarita, Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Aug 13, 1992 15:30
29 years ago
4.2

33 km
Turrubares, 37 km W of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Jun 26, 1992 09:59
29 years ago
4.1

10 km
North Pacific Ocean, 210 km S of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Jun 13, 1992 10:34
29 years ago
3.5

25 km
Dota, 30 km SE of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Jun 2, 1992 23:18
30 years ago
4.1

180 km
Carrillo, 26 km S of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
May 19, 1992 02:52
30 years ago
4.2

10 km
North Pacific Ocean, 92 km S of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
May 18, 1992 23:53
30 years ago
4.0

10 km
North Pacific Ocean, 92 km S of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
May 18, 1992 23:19
30 years ago
6.3

18 km
North Pacific Ocean, 110 km S of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Mar 23, 1992 10:41
30 years ago
4.4

17 km
North Pacific Ocean, 90 km S of Santiago, Provincia de Veraguas, PanamaMore
Mar 7, 1992 05:58
30 years ago
4.0

94 km
Naranjo, Provincia de Alajuela, 37 km W of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Mar 7, 1992 01:53
30 years ago
6.6

79 km
Sarchi, Provincia de Alajuela, 40 km NW of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Mar 5, 1992 10:26
30 years ago
4.3

110 km
Carrillo, 26 km S of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Feb 13, 1992 20:58
30 years ago
4.2

33 km
North Pacific Ocean, 84 km SW of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Feb 11, 1992 23:02
30 years ago
4.1

33 km
2.6 km E of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Dec 21, 1991 22:02
30 years ago
5.1

24 km
North Pacific Ocean, 37 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Dec 20, 1991 18:10
30 years ago
5.1

33 km
Jiménez, Provincia de Cartago, 54 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Dec 8, 1991 19:30
30 years ago
4.1

64 km
45 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Nov 28, 1991 22:38
30 years ago
4.3

33 km
26 km SW of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Nov 10, 1991 08:20
30 years ago
5.4

37 km
Matina, 25 km W of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Oct 30, 1991 09:01
30 years ago
4.6

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 46 km NE of Changuinola, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, PanamaMore
Sep 23, 1991 15:16
30 years ago
5.0

10 km
North Pacific Ocean, 44 km E of Isla Cabo Blanco Island, Costa RicaMore
Sep 13, 1991 01:34
30 years ago
5.2

54 km
Bagaces, 30 km SE of Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa RicaMore
Sep 12, 1991 05:11
30 years ago
4.3

61 km
36 km N of Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 11, 1991 14:40
30 years ago
4.6

33 km
Caribbean Sea, 91 km E of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Aug 26, 1991 03:19
30 years ago
4.8

24 km
La Cruz, Provincia de Guanacaste, 37 km W of San Jose, Costa RicaMore
Aug 9, 1991 09:33
30 years ago
5.2

5 km
Desamparados, 22 km S of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Jul 23, 1991 01:45
30 years ago
4.6

64 km
5.1 km S of San Isidro, Pérez Zeledon, Provincia de San José, Costa RicaMore
Jul 3, 1991 06:08
30 years ago
4.8

28 km
30 km SE of Nicaragua, Departamento de Rivas, NicaraguaMore
Jul 2, 1991 20:20
30 years ago
5.4

33 km
32 km SE of Nicaragua, Departamento de Rivas, NicaraguaMore
Jul 2, 1991 19:54
30 years ago
5.0

31 km
30 km SE of Nicaragua, Departamento de Rivas, NicaraguaMore
Jun 30, 1991 22:55
30 years ago
4.7

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 34 km NE of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Jun 22, 1991 01:53
30 years ago
4.6

10 km
19 km S of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
May 27, 1991 18:40
31 years ago
5.7

10 km
20 km W of Changuinola, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, PanamaMore
May 19, 1991 00:03
31 years ago
4.8

17 km
Provincia de Chiriqui, 34 km W of Changuinola, PanamaMore
May 15, 1991 14:34
31 years ago
5.2

33 km
Caribbean Sea, 39 km E of Changuinola, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, PanamaMore
May 14, 1991 19:53
31 years ago
4.5

33 km
Turrialba, Provincia de Cartago, 57 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
May 4, 1991 03:42
31 years ago
6.2

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 17 km NE of Changuinola, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, PanamaMore
May 2, 1991 07:05
31 years ago
4.8

10 km
Ngöbe-Buglé, 98 km NE of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Apr 29, 1991 22:48
31 years ago
4.0

10 km
Talamanca, 69 km S of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 29, 1991 22:44
31 years ago
4.8

10 km
41 km S of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 29, 1991 12:49
31 years ago
4.5

10 km
Siquirres, Provincia de Limon, 67 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 27, 1991 13:05
31 years ago
4.5

10 km
17 km W of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 27, 1991 08:25
31 years ago
4.3

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 55 km SE of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 27, 1991 05:42
31 years ago
5.3

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 99 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 25, 1991 07:55
31 years ago
4.6

10 km
Turrialba, Provincia de Cartago, 76 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 25, 1991 02:47
31 years ago
4.7

33 km
Caribbean Sea, 16 km NE of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 25, 1991 02:16
31 years ago
4.6

10 km
Talamanca, 44 km S of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 24, 1991 19:13
31 years ago
6.2

13 km
Turrialba, Provincia de Cartago, 66 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 24, 1991 17:54
31 years ago
4.6

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 34 km N of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 24, 1991 04:41
31 years ago
4.3

10 km
33 km S of Changuinola, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, PanamaMore
Apr 23, 1991 18:56
31 years ago
5.2

10 km
Talamanca, Provincia de Limon, 81 km SE of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 23, 1991 11:33
31 years ago
4.4

10 km
Buenos Aires, Provincia de Puntarenas, 67 km E of San Isidro, Costa RicaMore
Apr 23, 1991 08:58
31 years ago
4.6

10 km
Matina, 25 km W of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 23, 1991 08:32
31 years ago
5.0

10 km
19 km W of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 23, 1991 06:13
31 years ago
4.5

10 km
39 km W of Changuinola, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, PanamaMore
Apr 23, 1991 06:02
31 years ago
4.7

10 km
Jiménez, Provincia de Cartago, 53 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 23, 1991 05:55
31 years ago
4.9

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 25 km SE of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 23, 1991 05:37
31 years ago
5.2

10 km
27 km NW of Changuinola, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, PanamaMore
Apr 22, 1991 23:16
31 years ago
4.9

10 km
Buenos Aires, Provincia de Puntarenas, 32 km E of San Isidro, Costa RicaMore
Apr 22, 1991 23:13
31 years ago
4.8

10 km
Talamanca, Provincia de Limon, 45 km E of San Isidro, Costa RicaMore
Apr 22, 1991 22:51
31 years ago
5.2

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 62 km SE of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 22, 1991 22:41
31 years ago
5.1

10 km
Caribbean Sea, 20 km NE of Puerto Limon, Costa RicaMore
Apr 22, 1991 22:19
31 years ago
5.4

10 km
Turrialba, Provincia de Cartago, 73 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 22, 1991 22:08
31 years ago
5.4

10 km
Turrialba, Provincia de Cartago, 65 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
Apr 22, 1991 22:07
31 years ago
5.2

10 km
Matina, Provincia de Limon, 78 km E of San Jose, San José, Costa RicaMore
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