Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 13 km west of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on Friday, Dec 25, 2020 8:08 pm (GMT -6) -

Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 13 km west of Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on Friday, Dec 25, 2020 8:08 pm (GMT -6)

Light magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 28 km depth

26 Dec 02:20 UTC: First to report: RSN after 12 minutes.
Update Sat, 26 Dec 2020, 02:24
Light tremor of magnitude 4.2 just reported 13 km west of Golfito, Costa Rica
4.2 quake 25 Dec 8:08 pm (GMT -6)
4.2 quake 25 Dec 8:08 pm (GMT -6)
Just 16 minutes ago, a 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Golfito, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The tremor was recorded in the evening on Friday 25 December 2020 at 8:08 pm local time, at a shallow depth of 28 km below the surface.
The event was filed by RSN, the first seismological agency to report it.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Golfito (pop. 6,800) located 13 km from the epicenter, and Corredor (pop. 7,100) 32 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Canoas (pop. 4,600) located 44 km from the epicenter, Puerto Armuelles (pop. 11,700) 54 km away, Buenos Aires (pop. 11,700) 65 km away, La Concepcion (pop. 17,700) 68 km away, Mercedes (pop. 5,500) 84 km away, David (pop. 82,000) 90 km away, Daniel Flores (pop. 10,000) 96 km away, and San Isidro (pop. 34,900) 100 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Dec 26, 2020 02:08:00 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Dec 25, 2020 8:08 pm (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 28.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.593°N / 83.232°W (North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica)
Antipode: 8.593°S / 96.768°E
Nearest volcano: Baru (79 km / 49 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
13 km (8 mi) W of Golfito (pop: 6,780) --> See nearby quakes!
32 km (20 mi) W of Corredor (Ciudad Neily) (pop: 7,080) --> See nearby quakes!
38 km (24 mi) SW of San Vito (pop: 3,980) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) W of Canoas (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
52 km (32 mi) SE of Ciudad Cortés (pop: 3,850) --> See nearby quakes!
54 km (33 mi) NW of Puerto Armuelles (Panama) (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
65 km (41 mi) S of Buenos Aires (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
67 km (42 mi) W of Concepcion (Panama) (pop: 17,700) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) WSW of Volcan (Bugaba, Panama) (pop: 10,300) --> See nearby quakes!
176 km (109 mi) SSE of San Jose (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 24.4°C (76 F), humidity: 85%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: RSN
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 tons of TNT) More info
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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.
4.228 km9 Km Al Oeste De Golfito, Puntarenas., Costa RicaRSN
4.110 km40 Km Al Noreste De Playa Madrigal, Costa RicaINETER

User reports for this quake (5)

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Pavones, costa Rica (24.6 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / very short : We unusually didn't feel this one. We just heard it. As though a car ran into the side of our house No after shocks as of 8:31pm | One user found this interesting.  
Piedras blancas / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / very short : Very short but powerful shake. Like something hit the building. Only lateral movement | One user found this interesting.  
near Golfito, Puntarenas (22.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
near Golfito, Puntarenas (22.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Pavones / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
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