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Mag. 3.5 earthquake - 7.6 km northwest of Union Choco, Embera-Wounaan, Panama, on Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023, at 02:50 am (Panama time) -

A light magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit 7.6 km (4.8 mi) away from Union Choco, Embera-Wounaan,  Panama, in the early morning of Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023 at 2.50 am local time (America/Panama GMT -5). The quake had a very shallow depth of 5.2 km (3.2 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).

Mag. 3.5 earthquake - 7.6 km northwest of Union Choco, Embera-Wounaan, Panama, on Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023, at 02:50 am (Panama time) Mag. 3.5 earthquake - 7.6 km northwest of Union Choco, Embera-Wounaan, Panama, on Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023, at 02:50 am (Panama time)

Light magnitude 3.5 earthquake at 5 km depth

22 Nov 20:09 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 12 hours.

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 22, 2023 07:50:43 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Nov 22, 2023, at 02:50 am (America/Panama GMT -5)
StatusPreliminary (automatic detection)
Magnitude3.5
Depth5.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude8.1391°N / 77.5767°W Cémaco, Embera-Wounaan, Panama
Also near: Colombia 29 km (18 mi) away
Seismic antipode8.1391°S / 102.4233°E Indonesia
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated seismic energy released1.1 x 1010 joules (3.12 megawatt hours, equivalent to 2.68 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

The closest larger town where the quake might have been felt is Union Choco, a town with 9,500 inhabitants in Panama, in 7.6 km (4.8 mi) distance southeast of the epicenter. People likely experienced light 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, 234 km (145 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
5 km (3 mi)
SW of epicenter
Vista Alegre
(pop: 313)
IV: Light
Cémaco, Embera-Wounaan
8 km (5 mi)
SE of epicenter
Union Choco
(pop: 9,500)
IV: Light
Embera-Wounaan
20 km (13 mi)
SE of epicenter
Pucuro
(pop: 355)
III: Weak
Distrito de Pinogana, Provincia del Darién
36 km (22 mi)
W of epicenter
Camoganti
(pop: 179)
II: Very weak
Chepigana District, Provincia del Darién
39 km (24 mi)
N of epicenter
Marraganti
(pop: 479)
II: Very weak
Cémaco, Embera-Wounaan
43 km (27 mi)
SW of epicenter
Manené
(pop: 275)
II: Very weak
Provincia del Darién
54 km (34 mi)
E of epicenter
Unguia
(pop: 4,180)
II: Very weak
Unguia, Choco
60 km (37 mi)
NW of epicenter
Sinai
(pop: 282)
II: Very weak
Embera-Wounaan
61 km (38 mi)
NE of epicenter
Capurgana
(pop: 1,790)
II: Very weak
Acandi, Choco
64 km (40 mi)
W of epicenter
Miraflores
(pop: 34)
II: Very weak
Chepigana District, Provincia del Darién
65 km (40 mi)
SW of epicenter
Churuco
(pop: 75)
II: Very weak
Sambú, Embera-Wounaan
73 km (45 mi)
W of epicenter
Bayamon
(pop: 457)
II: Very weak
Sambú, Embera-Wounaan
86 km (54 mi)
NW of epicenter
Santa Fe
(pop: 1,500)
II: Very weak
Chepigana District, Provincia del Darién
88 km (55 mi)
NW of epicenter
Morti
(pop: 528)
II: Very weak
Distrito de Pinogana, Provincia del Darién
90 km (56 mi)
SW of epicenter
El Coco
(pop: 140)
II: Very weak
Provincia del Darién
92 km (57 mi)
N of epicenter
Mulatupo
(pop: 1,300)
II: Very weak
El Porvenir, Guna Yala
92 km (57 mi)
SE of epicenter
Riosucio
(pop: 7,160)
II: Very weak
Choco
92 km (57 mi)
E of epicenter
Necocli
(pop: 10,800)
II: Very weak
Necocli, Antioquia
94 km (58 mi)
E of epicenter
Turbo
(pop: 50,500)
II: Very weak
Antioquia
95 km (59 mi)
SW of epicenter
Jaqué
(pop: 1,470)
II: Very weak
Provincia del Darién
95 km (59 mi)
NW of epicenter
Palmira
(pop: 153)
II: Very weak
Chepigana District, Provincia del Darién
108 km (67 mi)
NW of epicenter
Guala
(pop: 532)
I: Not felt
Distrito de Pinogana, Provincia del Darién
109 km (67 mi)
E of epicenter
Apartado
(pop: 86,400)
I: Not felt
Apartado, Antioquia
110 km (69 mi)
E of epicenter
Carepa
(pop: 20,600)
I: Not felt
Antioquia
112 km (69 mi)
SE of epicenter
Chigorodo
(pop: 48,400)
I: Not felt
Chigorodo, Antioquia
115 km (71 mi)
NW of epicenter
Rio Arenal
(pop: 215)
I: Not felt
Provincia del Darién
116 km (72 mi)
NW of epicenter
Punta Bruja
(pop: 239)
I: Not felt
Chimán District, Panama
117 km (73 mi)
N of epicenter
Concepcion
(pop: 2,510)
I: Not felt
El Porvenir, Guna Yala
117 km (73 mi)
S of epicenter
Jurado
(pop: 2,350)
I: Not felt
Choco
133 km (83 mi)
E of epicenter
San Pedro de Uraba
(pop: 11,100)
I: Not felt
Antioquia
134 km (83 mi)
NE of epicenter
San Juan de Uraba
(pop: 10,800)
I: Not felt
San Juan de Uraba, Antioquia
142 km (88 mi)
W of epicenter
La Ensenada
(pop: 94)
I: Not felt
Panama
149 km (93 mi)
NW of epicenter
Playon Chico
(pop: 2,040)
I: Not felt
El Porvenir, Guna Yala
149 km (93 mi)
NE of epicenter
Arboletes
(pop: 8,380)
I: Not felt
Antioquia
153 km (95 mi)
SE of epicenter
Murindo
(pop: 2,370)
I: Not felt
Murindo, Antioquia
160 km (100 mi)
SE of epicenter
Mutata
(pop: 12,600)
I: Not felt
Mutata, Antioquia
171 km (106 mi)
NW of epicenter
Icanti
(pop: 644)
I: Not felt
Panama
184 km (114 mi)
NW of epicenter
Jenené
(pop: 157)
I: Not felt
Panama
234 km (145 mi)
NW of epicenter
Panama
(pop: 408,200)
I: Not felt
Panama District, Panama
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
2023-11-22
Epicenter Agency
3.5 5.2 km
3.2 mi
07:50:43 Panama-colombia Border Region EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)

Seismograms

Seismic station: Los Cordobas, Cordoba, Colombia (LCBC/CM network) | Distance from quake: 155 km / 96 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 620 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.03 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 31.3 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 0.64 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 1.6 years)
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 4.2 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 14.5 quakes per year
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 39.5 quakes per year
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 60 quakes per year
The area where this quake occurred has a high level of seismic activity. It has had at least 4 quakes above magnitude 6 since 1900, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 30 to 35 years.

Number of quakes per year

Previous quakes in the same area of this earthquake

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