An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 occurred only 9 minutes ago 68 km southwest of David, Costa Rica, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, early morning on Friday 29 January 2021 at 6:41 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 German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which listed it as a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. A third agency, the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.6.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.
Moderate shaking probably occurred in Puerto Armuelles (pop. 11,700) located 19 km from the epicenter, and El Palmar (pop. 4,500) 22 km away.
In Canoas (pop. 4,600) located 45 km from the epicenter, Corredor (pop. 7,100) 54 km away, Pedregal (pop. 17,400) 65 km away, David (pop. 82,000) 68 km away, and San Vito (pop. 4,000) 74 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Buenos Aires (pop. 11,700) located 119 km from the epicenter.
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