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Mag. 3.1 earthquake - 23 km northeast of Santa Fe, Provincia del Darién, Panama, on Monday, Nov 20, 2023, at 06:58 pm (Panama time) -

A light magnitude 3.1 earthquake hit 23 km (14 mi) away from Santa Fe, Provincia del Darién,  Panama, in the late afternoon of Monday, Nov 20, 2023 at 6.58 pm local time (America/Panama GMT -5). The quake had a very shallow depth of 8.1 km (5 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

Mag. 3.1 earthquake - 23 km northeast of Santa Fe, Provincia del Darién, Panama, on Monday, Nov 20, 2023, at 06:58 pm (Panama time) Mag. 3.1 earthquake - 23 km northeast of Santa Fe, Provincia del Darién, Panama, on Monday, Nov 20, 2023, at 06:58 pm (Panama time)

Light magnitude 3.1 earthquake at 8 km depth

21 Nov 19:58 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 20 hours.

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 20, 2023 23:58:00 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Nov 20, 2023, at 06:58 pm (America/Panama GMT -5)
StatusPreliminary (automatic detection)
Magnitude3.1
Depth8.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude8.7525°N / 77.9724°W Distrito de Pinogana, Provincia del Darién, Panama
Also near: Colombia 60 km (37 mi) away
Seismic antipode8.7525°S / 102.0276°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated seismic energy released2.8 x 109 joules (783 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.674 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

The closest larger town where the quake might have been felt is Santa Fe, a town with 1,500 inhabitants in Panama, in 23 km (14 mi) distance southwest of the epicenter. People likely experienced very weak shaking there. Several smaller towns and villages are located closer to the epicenter and might have experienced stronger shaking. In the capital of  Panama, Panama, 172 km (107 mi) away from the epicenter, the earthquake could not be felt.
The following table shows some of the places that might have been affected (or not) by the shaking.
Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
13 km (8 mi)
NE of epicenter
Morti
(pop: 528)
III: Weak
Distrito de Pinogana, Provincia del Darién
15 km (9 mi)
NW of epicenter
Palmira
(pop: 153)
III: Weak
Chepigana District, Provincia del Darién
22 km (14 mi)
SE of epicenter
Sinai
(pop: 282)
II: Very weak
Embera-Wounaan
23 km (14 mi)
SW of epicenter
Santa Fe
(pop: 1,500)
II: Very weak
Chepigana District, Provincia del Darién
28 km (17 mi)
N of epicenter
Guala
(pop: 532)
II: Very weak
Distrito de Pinogana, Provincia del Darién
33 km (20 mi)
NE of epicenter
Mulatupo
(pop: 1,300)
II: Very weak
El Porvenir, Guna Yala
42 km (26 mi)
N of epicenter
Concepcion
(pop: 2,510)
II: Very weak
El Porvenir, Guna Yala
43 km (27 mi)
SW of epicenter
La Palma
(pop: 1,730)
II: Very weak
Chepigana District, Provincia del Darién
44 km (27 mi)
SE of epicenter
Marraganti
(pop: 479)
II: Very weak
Cémaco, Embera-Wounaan
45 km (28 mi)
W of epicenter
Rio Arenal
(pop: 215)
II: Very weak
Provincia del Darién
68 km (43 mi)
NW of epicenter
Playon Chico
(pop: 2,040)
I: Not felt
El Porvenir, Guna Yala
70 km (44 mi)
E of epicenter
Capurgana
(pop: 1,790)
I: Not felt
Acandi, Choco
74 km (46 mi)
SE of epicenter
Pueblo Nuevo
(pop: 723)
I: Not felt
Distrito de Pinogana, Provincia del Darién
89 km (55 mi)
SE of epicenter
Union Choco
(pop: 9,500)
I: Not felt
Embera-Wounaan
102 km (64 mi)
NW of epicenter
Nargana
(pop: 1,090)
I: Not felt
Caribbean Sea
125 km (78 mi)
SE of epicenter
Unguia
(pop: 4,180)
I: Not felt
Unguia, Choco
132 km (82 mi)
W of epicenter
Chepo
(pop: 12,900)
I: Not felt
PA.08.0848, Panama
135 km (84 mi)
E of epicenter
Necocli
(pop: 10,800)
I: Not felt
Necocli, Antioquia
138 km (86 mi)
NW of epicenter
El Progreso
(pop: 4,290)
I: Not felt
Chepo District, Panama
139 km (86 mi)
S of epicenter
Jaqué
(pop: 1,470)
I: Not felt
Provincia del Darién
149 km (93 mi)
W of epicenter
Pacora
(pop: 6,860)
I: Not felt
Panama
155 km (97 mi)
SE of epicenter
Turbo
(pop: 50,500)
I: Not felt
Antioquia
159 km (99 mi)
W of epicenter
Tocumen
(pop: 50,800)
I: Not felt
Panama
161 km (100 mi)
W of epicenter
Nuevo Belén
(pop: 24,100)
I: Not felt
Panama
164 km (102 mi)
W of epicenter
Pedregal
(pop: 51,600)
I: Not felt
Panama District, Panama
166 km (103 mi)
W of epicenter
Juan Diaz
(pop: 100,600)
I: Not felt
Panama
168 km (104 mi)
W of epicenter
San Miguelito
(pop: 321,500)
I: Not felt
Panama
169 km (105 mi)
W of epicenter
Parque Lefevre
(pop: 37,000)
I: Not felt
Panama
170 km (106 mi)
W of epicenter
Rio Abajo
(pop: 26,600)
I: Not felt
Panama
172 km (107 mi)
W of epicenter
Panama
(pop: 408,200)
I: Not felt
Panama District, Panama
174 km (108 mi)
W of epicenter
El Chorrillo
(pop: 18,300)
: Not felt
Panama
175 km (109 mi)
W of epicenter
Curundu
(pop: 16,400)
: Not felt
Panama District, Panama
175 km (109 mi)
W of epicenter
Las Cumbres
(pop: 69,100)
: Not felt
Panama
175 km (109 mi)
W of epicenter
Ancon
(pop: 20,700)
: Not felt
PA.08.0851, Panama
177 km (110 mi)
W of epicenter
La Cabima
(pop: 18,000)
: Not felt
Panama
177 km (110 mi)
SE of epicenter
Apartado
(pop: 86,400)
: Not felt
Apartado, Antioquia
179 km (111 mi)
W of epicenter
Alcalde Diaz
(pop: 20,300)
: Not felt
Panama
183 km (113 mi)
SE of epicenter
Carepa
(pop: 20,600)
: Not felt
Antioquia
183 km (114 mi)
W of epicenter
San Vicente
(pop: 14,100)
: Not felt
Panama
187 km (116 mi)
SE of epicenter
Chigorodo
(pop: 48,400)
: Not felt
Chigorodo, Antioquia
Notes:
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

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Compare Quake Data

Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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 Depth Time GMT
2023-11-20
Epicenter Agency
3.1 8.1 km
5 mi
23:58:00 Panama-colombia Border Region EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)

Seismograms

Seismic station: Los Cordobas, Cordoba, Colombia (LCBC/CM network) | Distance from quake: 177 km / 110 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Los Cordobas, Cordoba, Colombia: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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Earthquake statistics

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 535 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.06 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 18.2 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 0.65 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 1.6 years)
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 4.3 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 13.9 quakes per year
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 35.5 quakes per year
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 52 quakes per year
The area where this quake occurred has a high level of seismic activity. It has had at least 3 quakes above magnitude 6 since 1970, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 15 to 20 years.

Number of quakes per year

Previous quakes in the same area of this earthquake

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