Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 64 km west of David, Panama, on Friday, Jan 29, 2021 6:41 am (GMT -6) -

Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 64 km west of David, Panama, on Friday, Jan 29, 2021 6:41 am (GMT -6)

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

29 Jan 12:46 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 5 minutes.
29 Jan 12:50: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 5.0 to 10.0 km (from 3.1 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.6 km (3.5 mi) towards W.
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29 Jan 13:24: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 40.0 to 10.0 km (from 25 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 14 km (9 mi) towards W.
Update Fri, 29 Jan 2021, 12:51
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.6 just reported 68 km southwest of David, Costa Rica
5.6 quake 29 Jan 6:41 am (GMT -6)
5.6 quake 29 Jan 6:41 am (GMT -6)
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.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Jan 29, 2021 12:41:39 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Jan 29, 2021 6:41 am (GMT -6)
Magnitude: 5.6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.22°N / 82.97°W (North Pacific Ocean, Provincia de Chiriqui, Costa Rica)
Antipode: 8.22°S / 97.03°E
Nearest volcano: Baru (77 km / 48 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
14 km (8 mi) WSW of Puerto Armuelles (Chiriquí, Panama) (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
38 km (23 mi) SSW of Canoas (Puntarenas) (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
45 km (28 mi) SSE of Golfito (Puntarenas) (pop: 6,780) --> See nearby quakes!
47 km (29 mi) S of Corredor (Ciudad Neily, Puntarenas) (pop: 7,080) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) SW of Concepcion (Chiriquí, Panama) (pop: 17,700) --> See nearby quakes!
61 km (38 mi) WSW of Pedregal (Distrito de David, Chiriquí, Panama) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) WSW of David (Chiriquí, Panama) (pop: 82,000) --> See nearby quakes!
67 km (42 mi) S of San Vito (Puntarenas) (pop: 3,980) --> See nearby quakes!
151 km (94 mi) SSE of San Isidro (San José) (pop: 34,900) --> See nearby quakes!
226 km (141 mi) SSE of San Jose (San José) (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 25°C (77 F), humidity: 88%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts)
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.610 kmPANAMA-COSTA RICA BORDER REGIONEMSC
5.41 km15 Km Al Suroeste De Limones, Distrito Barú, Panamá, Costa RicaINETER
5.710 kmPanama-Costa Rica Border RegionGFZ
5.610 km14 Km SW of Puerto Armuelles, Panama, Costa RicaUSGS
5.612 kmPanama-Costa Rica Border RegionGeoAu
5.58 km7 Km Al Oeste De Punta Burica, Panama., Costa RicaRSN

User reports for this quake (9)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
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Puerto Armuelles, Barú District, Chiriquí (12.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake (reported through our app)
Volcan, Chiriquí (71.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro District, Bocas del Toro (145.7 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San Jose (223.6 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Playa Barqueta / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
San José, Coronado (227 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
David, David, Chitiquí, Panamá / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Uvita / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
David / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (63 quakes)

  • 29 Mar 2021 22:15 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    9 km (5.6 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 24 Mar 2021 14:09 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    57 km (35.4 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | RSN | Details
  • 23 Mar 2021 11:25 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    18 km (11.2 mi) depth
    |
    38 km (23 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 22 Mar 2021 01:50 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    18 km (11.2 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 18 Mar 2021 17:18 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    18 km (11.2 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (12 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 17 Mar 2021 00:49 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 16 Mar 2021 11:12 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    41 km (25.5 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | RSN | Details
  • 16 Mar 2021 03:22 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | RSN | Details
  • 15 Mar 2021 04:06 UTC
    | M 2.9 |
    8 km (5 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (8 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Mar 2021 03:26 UTC
    | M 2.9 |
    16 km (9.9 mi) depth
    |
    38 km (24 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Mar 2021 01:16 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    27 km (16.8 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 12 Mar 2021 11:38 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    24 km (14.9 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 01 Mar 2021 10:29 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    11 km (6.8 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | INETER | Details
  • 27 Feb 2021 05:22 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    13 km (8.1 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 27 Feb 2021 04:58 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    21 km (13 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 25 Feb 2021 18:23 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
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