Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 68 km southwest of La Concepcion, Panama, on Friday, Jan 29, 2021 8:42 am (GMT -5) -

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 5.7 quake North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 72 km southwest of David, Panama, Jan 29, 2021 7:14 am (GMT -6), which had occurred 28 minutes earlier.
Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica, 68 km southwest of La Concepcion, Panama, on Friday, Jan 29, 2021 8:42 am (GMT -5)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 5 km depth

29 Jan 13:47 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 5 minutes.
29 Jan 14:01: Magnitude recalculated from 4.2 to 4.5. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 5.0 km (from 6.2 to 3.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 22 km (14 mi) towards SSW.
Date & time: Jan 29, 2021 13:42:30 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Jan 29, 2021 8:42 am (GMT -5)
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.99°N / 82.93°W (North Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica)
Antipode: 7.99°S / 97.07°E
Nearest volcano: Baru (79 km / 49 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
8 km (5 mi) SW of Burica (Panama) (pop: 1,360) --> See nearby quakes!
33 km (20 mi) SSW of Puerto Armuelles (Panama) (pop: 11,700) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) SSW of La Esperanza (Panama) (pop: 1,890) --> See nearby quakes!
59 km (37 mi) SW of Guarumal (Panama) (pop: 1,580) --> See nearby quakes!
61 km (38 mi) S of Canoas (pop: 4,570) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) SSW of Concepcion (Panama) (pop: 17,700) --> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) SW of Pedregal (Distrito de David, Panama) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
70 km (43 mi) SW of San Pablo Viejo Abajo (Distrito de David, Panama) (pop: 5,990) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) SSE of Golfito (pop: 6,780) --> See nearby quakes!
251 km (156 mi) SSE of San Jose (pop: 335,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 27°C (81 F), humidity: 54%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from N
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 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.
4.55 kmSOUTH OF PANAMA, Costa RicaEMSC
4.21 km15 Km Al Suroeste De Limones, Distrito Barú, Panamá, Costa RicaINETER
4.55 km8 Km Al Suroeste De Punta Burica, Panama., Costa RicaRSN

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Puerto Armuelles, Barú District, Chiriquí (31 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I was out walking, and didn't feel it (reported through our app)  
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