Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - 16 km northeast of Nicoya, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica, on Friday, 31 January 2003 at 20:12 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 27 km depth
Date & time: 31 Jan 2003 20:12:17 UTC
Depth: 27.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.241°N / 85.339°W (Nicoya, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica)
Nearest volcano: Cerro Chopo (39 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
16 km (10 mi) NE of Nicoya (Guanacaste) (pop: 15,300) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) E of Santa Cruz (Guanacaste) (pop: 12,300) --> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) SW of Canas (Cañas, Guanacaste) (pop: 20,300) --> See nearby quakes!
45 km (28 mi) SSE of Liberia (Guanacaste) (pop: 45,400) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) WNW of Chacarita (Puntarenas) (pop: 26,400) --> See nearby quakes!
79 km (49 mi) WNW of Esparza (Espíritu Santo, Puntarenas) (pop: 15,600) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) SSW of San José (Upala, Alajuela) (pop: 31,400) --> See nearby quakes!
142 km (88 mi) WNW of San Jose (San José) (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
233 km (145 mi) SSE of Managua (Nicaragua) (pop: 973,100) --> See nearby quakes!
254 km (158 mi) W of Puerto Limon (Limón) (pop: 63,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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|M 5.3||27 km||Costa Rica||USGS|
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