Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 9 km depth
8 Dec 14:56 UTC: First to report: INETER after 3 minutes.
8 Dec 15:00: Magnitude recalculated from 4.7 to 4.8. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 5.0 to 10.0 km (from 3.1 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.8 km (1.1 mi) towards N.
8 Dec 15:07: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 9.0 km (from 6.2 to 5.6 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 9.5 km (5.9 mi) towards SSW.
Update Tue, 8 Dec 2020, 14:57Magnitude 4.7 earthquake strikes near Corredor, Costa Rica
4.7 quake 9 Km Al Noroeste De Laurel, Costa Rica, 8 Dec 8.53 am (GMT -6)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.7 occurred only 4 minutes ago 16 km south of Corredor, Costa Rica, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) reported.
The quake hit at a very shallow depth of 5 km beneath the epicenter near Corredor, Corredores, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica, in the morning on Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 8.53 am 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake.
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 El Coco (pop. 200) located 10 km from the epicenter, La Victoria (pop. 430) 12 km away, Chuchupate (pop. 870) 14 km away, Cuervito Abajo (pop. 810) 15 km away, Santa Maria (pop. 830) 16 km away, Progreso (pop. 2,200) 16 km away, Corredor (pop. 7,100) 16 km away, and Golfito (pop. 6,800) 19 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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