Moderate magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 28 km depth
2 Dec 20:02 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 5 minutes.
2 Dec 20:51: Magnitude recalculated from 4.5 to 4.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 9.0 to 28.0 km (from 5.6 to 17.4 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4 km (2.5 mi) towards SSW.
Update Wed, 2 Dec 2020, 20:03Light magnitude 4.5 quake hits 2 km southwest of Majagual, Panama early afternoon
4.5 quake PANAMA-COSTA RICA BORDER REGION 2 Dec 2.57 pm (GMT -5)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred only 6 minutes ago 2 km southwest of Majagual, Panama, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.
The quake hit at a very shallow depth of 9 km beneath the epicenter near Majagual, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, early afternoon on Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 2.57 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Majagual (pop. 520) located 2 km from the epicenter, Manaca Norte (pop. 1,300) 3 km away, Manaca Civil (pop. 1,200) 4 km away, San Valentin (pop. 810) 4 km away, Corotu Civil (pop. 400) 5 km away, La Esperanza (pop. 1,900) 8 km away, El Palmar (pop. 4,500) 9 km away, and Puerto Armuelles (pop. 11,700) 11 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in David (pop. 82,000) located 40 km from the epicenter.
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