Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 40 km west of Isla Cabo Blanco Island, Costa Rica, on Wednesday, 20 December 2000 at 15:17 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 33 km depth
Date & time: 20 Dec 2000 15:17:19 UTC
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.418°N / 85.452°W (North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica)
Nearest volcano: Cerro San Miguel (106 km / 66 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
52 km (32 mi) S of Samara (pop: 1,070) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (51 mi) S of Nicoya (pop: 15,300) --> See nearby quakes!
92 km (57 mi) SW of Puntarenas (pop: 35,700) --> See nearby quakes!
97 km (60 mi) SW of Chacarita (pop: 26,400) --> See nearby quakes!
108 km (67 mi) SW of Esparza (Espíritu Santo) (pop: 15,600) --> See nearby quakes!
119 km (74 mi) SSW of Canas (Cañas) (pop: 20,300) --> See nearby quakes!
135 km (84 mi) S of Liberia (pop: 45,400) --> See nearby quakes!
135 km (84 mi) WSW of San Rafael Abajo (Puriscal) (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
161 km (100 mi) WSW of San Jose (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
272 km (169 mi) WSW of Puerto Limon (pop: 63,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 5.5||33 km||off the coast of Costa Rica||USGS|
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