Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 14 km west of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, on 2020-09-04 11:45:20 -

Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 14 km west of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, on 2020-09-04 11:45:20

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 6 km depth

4 Sep 17:49 UTC: First to report: INETER after 4 minutes.
Sep 4 17:56: Magnitude recalculated from 5.6 to 5.5.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 2.0 to 8.0 km.
Sep 4 18:00: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.6.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 8.0 to 6.0 km.
Update Fri, 4 Sep 2020, 21:50
More earthquakes hit the Costa Rica-Panama border area
Today's earthquakes in the Costa Rica - Panama border region
Today's earthquakes in the Costa Rica - Panama border region
A series of quakes hit the southern border area between Costa Rica and Panama today, the strongest two quakes of magnitudes of around 5.5 and 5.0 at 11:45 and 11:48 local time.
The epicenters were 15 km west of Puerto Armuelles (Panama) and 4 km north of Laurel in Costa Rica.
Both quakes were widely felt in up to 200 km distance. Strong shaking was felt in areas close (within 20-30 km) to the epicenter, while light to very weak shaking could be felt in a much wider area.
So far, there have been no reports of significant damage or injuries related to the earthquakes.
In addition, 8 aftershocks of magnitudes between 3.3 and 4.6 have been registered in the area, all felt as well.
The obvious concern is whether the cluster of quakes is going to continue and lead up to a larger quake or if most of the seismic tension has been released.
Costa Rica and Panama are in one of the seismically most active parts of the world, as they are just east of the tectonic boundary where the oceanic Cocos Plate is subducting (descending) underneath the Caribbean Plate, at a rate of 75 mm per year. The collision between the two constantly generates stress along the margin, which is being released in many small and sometimes larger earthquakes of magnitudes 6-7. One of the largest quakes in the area in recent decades was a magnitude 7.1 on 3 April 1983, at about 50 km to the northwest in Costa Rica.

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Earthquake data

Date & time: Sep 4, 2020 17:45:20 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 2020-09-04 11:45:20
Magnitude: 5.6
Depth: 6.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.288°N / 82.992°W (Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama)
Antipode: 8.288°S / 97.008°E
Nearest volcano: Baru (58 km / 36 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
10 km (6 mi) SW of Blanco Arriba (Chiriquí) (pop: 391) --> See nearby quakes!
14 km (9 mi) W of Puerto Armuelles (Chiriquí) (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
24 km (15 mi) SW of Progreso (PA.02.0419, Chiriquí) (pop: 2,210) --> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) WSW of Divala (Chiriquí) (pop: 2,510) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) WSW of Concepcion (Chiriquí) (pop: 17,700) --> See nearby quakes!
62 km (38 mi) W of Pedregal (Distrito de David, Chiriquí) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) WSW of David (Chiriquí) (pop: 82,000) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) WSW of Las Lomas (Distrito de David, Chiriquí) (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
219 km (136 mi) SE of San Jose (San José, Costa Rica) (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
390 km (242 mi) WSW of Panama City (Panamá) (pop: 408,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: INETER
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.66 km15 Km al oeste de Puerto Armuelles, Panamá (Panama)INETER
5.510 kmCosta Rica (Panama)GFZ
5.615 kmCosta Rica (Panama)EMSC
5.710 kmPanama-Costa Rica Border RegionGeoAu
5.310 km1 km N of Manaca Norte, PanamaUSGS
5.03 km6 km al Oeste de Puerto Armuelles, Panama.RSN
5.494 kmCosta RicaBMKG

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uvita, costa rica (126.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : three separate shakes about one minute apart from each other, lasting about 10 seconds each. sitting on a bar stool, felt side to side gentle swaying.  
San Salvador de Barü (195.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : I was laying down. Just like rocking the cradle, sideways. San Salvador de Barú, Costa Rica. | One user found this interesting.  
Dominical Costa Rica (142.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : It came several times. Very weak shaking. Could see the pool water rock back and forth slightly. | One user found this interesting.  
David, Chiriquí (63.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Laying in bed, bed started to shake, t. V. Started shaking, dogs started barking, then after shocks. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Heredia, Costa Rica (226.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Movimiento leve | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Puerto Armuelles, Barú District, Chiriquí (14.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
La Hierba, Cocal Amarillo, Pavones (19.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Bugaba, Chiriquí (48 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Gomez (37.3 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 15-20 s
Las lomas (68.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
David, Chiriquí (64.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Guarumal, Chiriquí (46.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
David, Chiriquí (65.1 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Alto Boquete, Chiriquí (75.8 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Corazon de Jesus, Puerto Armuelles Panama (17.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s (reported through our app)
Finca morpho, osa peninsula (35.5 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating
near Daniel Flores, Pérez Zeledón, San José (132.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Puerto Armuelles / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : Moderate shaking. Both directions. It did NOT move the refrigerator. 2 about the same size about 2 minutes apart. 4 more, much smaller within 15 minutes of the 1st. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Puerto Plon / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : There were a number of different tremors in a period of 10-15 minutes. some rolling and 1 pretty strong shaking, and 1 very sudden and harsh jerking one. This event had a quite different feel from the other recent ones that we have had in our area. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Penonomé, Cocle / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Estaba en el trabajo y un compañero me preguntó si estaba temblando. Puse atención y era cierto. Pero otras personas no lo sintieron. Todo está en calma. | One user found this interesting.  
San Isidro del General, Perez Zeledon / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Felt this one - all my wine bottles swaying and rattling. Felt the next one a few minutes later. A little concerned after a good shaking a few days ago.  
Puerto Armuelles Panama / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : My cameras went off like there was motion due to trees swaying. | One user found this interesting.  
Puerto Armuelles, Panama / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : With what felt like a smaller one right behind it | One user found this interesting.  
Las Lomas / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Doors swaying , came in two waves 1st stronger then 2nd total time shaking 4 minutes | One user found this interesting.  
Playa Zancudo / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : There were also 2 aftershocks. | One user found this interesting.  
Puerto Armuelles Panama / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : My cameras went off like there was motion due to trees swaying.  
Coco beach about about 10 km west of puerto / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Boquete Canyon Village / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cero Punta / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
David, Chiriquí, Panamá / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Boquerón Panamá / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 1-2 s
(Costa Rica, 49 km NW of epicenter) : Long and soft swaing but lasted for quite a while. Movimientos largos y suaves que duraran como 3 minutos. | 3 users found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
Uvita (Costa Rica, 123 km NW of epicenter) : Felt like 3 different small ones | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
David (Panama, 61 km E of epicenter) : Muy fuerte | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
David (Panama, 63 km E of epicenter) : Lasted over a minute | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
David (Panama, 63 km E of epicenter) : David Chiriquí Panamá | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
Toabré (Panama, 297 km E of epicenter) : Long slow rolling over two minutes in David, Panama | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
David (Panama, 63 km E of epicenter) : Se sintió, breve,pero movió lámparas y muebles levemente. | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
San Pablo Viejo Arriba (Panama, 57 km E of epicenter) : San Pablo Viejo Arriba. Fixtures swayed. Came in 2 rolling waves about 5 minutes apart. Lasted about 2-3 minutes | One user found this interesting. (reported through EMSC)  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (78 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Oct 27, 2020 10:21
1 year 5 weeks ago
2.6

3 km
15 km SW of Canoas, Corredores, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Oct 24, 2020 07:46
1 year 6 weeks ago
3.5

14 km
0.5 km W of Limones, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Oct 24, 2020 07:29
1 year 6 weeks ago - felt
4.9

8 km
1.5 km SW of Canegua, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Oct 22, 2020 05:08
1 year 6 weeks ago
3.9

26 km
6.6 km E of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Oct 20, 2020 08:30
1 year 6 weeks ago
3.1

19 km
5 Km Al Sur De Laurel, Corredores., PanamaMore
Oct 16, 2020 14:08
1 year 7 weeks ago
3.3

27 km
2 Km Al Este De Laurel, Corredores., Costa RicaMore
Oct 14, 2020 20:51
1 year 7 weeks ago
3.8

6 km
North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 32 km SW of Puerto Armuelles, PanamaMore
Oct 13, 2020 13:09
1 year 7 weeks ago
3.1

15 km
6 Km Al Sur De Puerto Armuelles, Panama., Costa RicaMore
Oct 13, 2020 03:00
1 year 7 weeks ago
3.2

29 km
Panama-costa Rica Border RegionMore
Oct 10, 2020 05:43
1 year 8 weeks ago
4.4

26 km
4.8 km NE of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Oct 10, 2020 05:27
1 year 8 weeks ago
2.4

7 km
10 Km Al Norte De Paso Canoas, Frontera Costa Rica-Panamá, PanamaMore
Oct 5, 2020 14:24
1 year 9 weeks ago
3.8

6 km
45 km SW of Concepcion, Bugaba District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 29, 2020 04:46
1 year 9 weeks ago
3.2

13 km
15 Km Al Sureste De Puerto Armuelles, Panama.More
Sep 28, 2020 11:12
1 year 10 weeks ago
3.3

25 km
19 Km Al Este De Puerto Armuelles, Panama.More
Sep 27, 2020 16:37
1 year 10 weeks ago
3.6

9 km
20 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 27, 2020 00:59
1 year 10 weeks ago
2.5

7 km
5 Km Al Oeste De Rodolfo Aguilar Delgado, Panamá, PanamaMore
Sep 27, 2020 00:59
1 year 10 weeks ago
2.9

15 km
5 Km Al Oeste De Laurel, Corredores., Costa RicaMore
Sep 26, 2020 07:27
1 year 10 weeks ago - felt
4.8

12 km
0.8 km SE of Quebrada Grande, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 25, 2020 23:37
1 year 10 weeks ago - felt
4.4

8 km
2.8 km NW of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 25, 2020 18:09
1 year 10 weeks ago
4.5

9 km
9.1 km W of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 25, 2020 06:35
1 year 10 weeks ago
3.4

3 km
6.9 km W of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 25, 2020 06:09
1 year 10 weeks ago - felt
4.6

1 km
9.5 km NW of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 24, 2020 09:45
1 year 10 weeks ago
3.0

20 km
North Pacific Ocean, 12 km E of Puerto Armuelles, PanamaMore
Sep 22, 2020 07:49
1 year 10 weeks ago
3.4

3 km
28 Km Al Suroeste De Pavon, Golfito., Costa RicaMore
Sep 13, 2020 14:28
1 year 12 weeks ago
4.3

4 km
63 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 13, 2020 08:19
1 year 12 weeks ago
3.9

3 km
45 km SW of Concepcion, Bugaba District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 13, 2020 07:24
1 year 12 weeks ago
4.7

12 km
45 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 13, 2020 06:19
1 year 12 weeks ago - felt
3.6

3 km
11 km SW of Canoas, Corredores, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 12, 2020 18:19
1 year 12 weeks ago
3.6

3 km
10.8 km SW of Canoas, Corredores, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 11, 2020 14:13
1 year 12 weeks ago
3.6

3 km
1.7 km SW of Canoas, Corredores, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 10, 2020 16:39
1 year 12 weeks ago
4.2

3 km
17 km W of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 10, 2020 16:21
1 year 12 weeks ago
4.2

3 km
2.7 km NE of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 9, 2020 04:31
1 year 12 weeks ago - felt
4.9

2 km
North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 67 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 8, 2020 06:50
1 year 12 weeks ago
3.8

3 km
35 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 7, 2020 18:50
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.6

3 km
33 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 7, 2020 16:22
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.4

6 km
Panama-costa Rica Border RegionMore
Sep 7, 2020 09:00
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.6

3 km
16 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 6, 2020 17:01
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.6

3 km
70 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 6, 2020 14:46
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.2

5 km
63 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 6, 2020 10:45
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.4

3 km
62 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 6, 2020 09:12
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.7

10 km
35 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 6, 2020 08:32
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.3

24 km
14 Km Al Oeste De Puerto Armuelles, Panama. (Costa Rica)More
Sep 6, 2020 07:46
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.6

15 km
63 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 6, 2020 05:02
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.6

13 km
North Pacific Ocean, 47 km S of Canoas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 6, 2020 02:16
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.8

3 km
Costa Rica, 49 km SW of Concepcion, PanamaMore
Sep 6, 2020 01:20
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.6

3 km
30 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 6, 2020 01:00
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.9

5 km
North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 27 km SW of Puerto Armuelles, PanamaMore
Sep 6, 2020 00:44
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Costa Rica, 84 km SW of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 23:54
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.1

8 km
11 km NW of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 22:24
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.6

18 km
33 km SW of Canoas, Corredores, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 5, 2020 18:10
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.5

15 km
16 km W of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 18:03
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.7

13 km
48 km SW of Concepcion, Bugaba District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 16:28
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.8

8 km
Costa Rica, 65 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 14:59
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.9

5 km
16 km NW of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 14:32
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.8

10 km
11 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 5, 2020 09:57
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.3

5 km
13 Km Al Oeste De Puerto Armuelles, Panamá (Costa Rica)More
Sep 5, 2020 09:23
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.0

91 km
1.4 km SE of Nizavighana, Santa Maria Guienagati, Oaxaca, MexicoMore
Sep 5, 2020 08:26
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.1

2 km
19 Km Al Suroeste De Laurel, Costa RicaMore
Sep 5, 2020 07:13
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.7

5 km
15 km W of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 07:09
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.3

22 km
North Pacific Ocean, 39 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 5, 2020 05:38
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.9

4 km
15 km W of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 05:34
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.1

17 km
7 Km Al Oeste De Puerto Armuelles, Panama.More
Sep 5, 2020 05:21
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.7

5 km
28 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 5, 2020 04:48
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.4

5 km
9 Km Al Oeste De Puerto Armuelles, Panama.More
Sep 5, 2020 02:28
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.5

8 km
45 km SW of Concepcion, Bugaba District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 00:39
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.7

14 km
46 km SW of Concepcion, Bugaba District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 5, 2020 00:00
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.4

17 km
Panama-costa Rica Border RegionMore
Sep 4, 2020 23:56
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.8

5 km
27 km SE of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 4, 2020 23:29
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.0

15 km
North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 67 km W of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 4, 2020 21:31
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.5

8 km
43 km SW of Concepcion, Bugaba District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 4, 2020 21:24
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.4

7 km
8 Km Al Suroeste De Laurel, Costa Rica (Panama)More
Sep 4, 2020 21:16
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.2

8 km
7 Km Al Oeste De Puerto Armuelles, Panama.More
Sep 4, 2020 20:26
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.8

1 km
36 km S of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
Sep 4, 2020 20:03
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.0

2 km
Costa Rica, 63 km SW of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 4, 2020 18:19
1 year 13 weeks ago - felt
3.5

7 km
4.4 km NW of Limones, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 4, 2020 17:58
1 year 13 weeks ago
4.1

13 km
15 km W of Puerto Armuelles, Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 4, 2020 17:55
1 year 13 weeks ago - felt
4.6

4 km
7.6 km W of La Victoria, Provincia de Chiriqui, PanamaMore
Sep 4, 2020 17:48
1 year 13 weeks ago - felt
5.0

15 km
11 km SW of Canoas, Corredores, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa RicaMore
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