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Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 46 km west of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, on Monday, Oct 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm (GMT -5) -

Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 46 km west of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, on Monday, Oct 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm (GMT -5) Light mag. 4.2 earthquake - 46 km west of David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama, on Monday, Oct 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm (GMT -5)

Light magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 23 km depth

3 Oct 21:55 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 2 minutes.
3 Oct 22:02: Now using data updates from EMSC
3 Oct 22:06: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 8.0 to 23.0 km (from 5 to 14.3 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.5 km (2.2 mi) towards WNW.
Update Mon, 3 Oct 2022, 22:33

Moderate magnitude 4.2 quake hits 46 km southwest of David, Panama in the afternoon

4.2 quake 3 Oct 4:53 pm (GMT -5)
4.2 quake 3 Oct 4:53 pm (GMT -5)
A shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported in the afternoon near David, Distrito de David, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit on Monday, October 3rd, 2022, at 4:53 pm local time at a shallow depth of 23 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.2 earthquake as well.
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 El Palmar (pop. 4,500) located 2 km from the epicenter, Manaca Civil (pop. 1,200) 3 km away, Puerto Armuelles (pop. 11,700) 4 km away, Manaca Norte (pop. 1,300) 4 km away, La Esperanza (pop. 1,900) 12 km away, Divala (pop. 2,500) 18 km away, and Concepcion (pop. 17,700) 33 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Pedregal (pop. 17,400) located 45 km from the epicenter, and David (pop. 82,000) 46 km away.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeOct 3, 2022 21:53:30 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Oct 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm (GMT -5)
Depth23.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude8.3°N / 82.83°W (Baru District, Provincia de Chiriqui, Panama)
Antipode8.3°S / 97.17°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt6 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Nearest volcanoBaru (65 km / 40 mi)
Nearby towns and cities2 km (1 mi) ESE of El Palmar (Chiriquí) (pop: 4,540) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
4 km (3 mi) NE of Puerto Armuelles (Chiriquí) (pop: 11,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
12 km (8 mi) SSW of La Esperanza (Chiriquí) (pop: 1,890) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
33 km (21 mi) SW of Concepcion (Chiriquí) (pop: 17,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
45 km (28 mi) W of Pedregal (Distrito de David, Chiriquí) (pop: 17,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
46 km (29 mi) WSW of David (Chiriquí) (pop: 82,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
51 km (31 mi) WSW of Las Lomas (Distrito de David, Chiriquí) (pop: 11,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
372 km (231 mi) WSW of Panama (Panamá) (pop: 408,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 27.7°C (82 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 3 m/s (7 kts) from WSW
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 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.
4.223 kmPanama-Costa Rica Border RegionRaspberryShake
4.223 km11 Km Al Este De Puerto Armuelles, Panama.RSN
4.36 kmPanama: 3 Km Al Noreste De Puerto Armuelles, PanamáINETER


Seismic station: Isla Barro Colorado, Panama (BCIP/CU network) | Distance from quake: 343 km / 213 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Isla Barro Colorado, Panama: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (6)

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Boca Chica, Panama (68 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Quick and small from my location Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, that's my assessment given my experiences with her earthquakes | One user found this interesting.  
Bajo Boquete, Chiriquí (67.8 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Sentada, suave movimiebto | One user found this interesting.  
Coco Beach, Manaca Civil, Baru, Chiriqui / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : One shake back and forth, 1 second pause, the. another shake back and forth | One user found this interesting.  
Villa Videli, Quiteño, David, Panama (51.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
David, Chiriqui / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Puerto Armuelles Panama / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s

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