Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - 1.5 km south of Bucaro, Los Santos, Panama, on Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 3:23 pm (GMT -5) -

Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - 1.5 km south of Bucaro, Los Santos, Panama, on Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 3:23 pm (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.3 earthquake at 5 km depth

16 Dec 20:28 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 4 minutes.
Update Wed, 16 Dec 2020, 20:33
Light magnitude 4.3 quake hits 2 km south of Bucaro, Panama early afternoon
4.3 quake 16 Dec 3:23 pm (GMT -5)
4.3 quake 16 Dec 3:23 pm (GMT -5)
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a magnitude 4.3 quake in Panama near Bucaro, Provincia de Los Santos, only 9 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early afternoon on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 3:23 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 5 km. 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 Bucaro (pop. 400) located 2 km from the epicenter, Isla de Cañas (pop. 310) 10 km away, La Bernardina (pop. 41) 10 km away, and La Liboria (pop. 29) 10 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Flores (pop. 440) located 18 km from the epicenter, and Las Tablas (pop. 8,900) 49 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include San Juan Bautista (pop. 11,800) located 71 km from the epicenter, and Monagrillo (pop. 10,800) 73 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Dec 16, 2020 20:23:37 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 3:23 pm (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 4.3
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.33°N / 80.35°W (Provincia de Los Santos, Panama)
Antipode: 7.33°S / 99.65°E
Nearby towns and cities:
2 km (1 mi) S of Bucaro (Los Santos) (pop: 398) --> See nearby quakes!
13 km (8 mi) SE of Tonosi (Los Santos) (pop: 1,480) --> See nearby quakes!
42 km (26 mi) WSW of Pedasi (Los Santos) (pop: 1,920) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) SSW of La Palma (Los Santos) (pop: 1,140) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) SSE of Llano de Piedra (Los Santos) (pop: 1,050) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (28 mi) S of La Palma (Los Santos) (pop: 1,280) --> See nearby quakes!
49 km (30 mi) S of Las Tablas (Los Santos) (pop: 8,940) --> See nearby quakes!
56 km (35 mi) S of Agua Buena (Los Santos) (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) S of Los Santos (pop: 5,970) --> See nearby quakes!
206 km (128 mi) SSW of Panama (Panamá) (pop: 408,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Moderate Rain 28.9°C (84 F), humidity: 70%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NNE
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1011 joules (49.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 42.5 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.35 kmPANAMAEMSC
4.17 km49 Km Al Sur De Las Tablas, Panamá, PanamaINETER

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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Cañas de tonosi los santos / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
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