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Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 07:01 AM UTC

4.6 Earthquake Hit Panama / Costa Rica Border Region This Morning

EarthquakesBy Don Winner for - An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck the Panama / Costa Rica border region this morning.

The earthquake occurred at 13:36 UTC, or 8:36 am locat time this morning.

The epicenter was located at 8.504N 82.735W at a depth of 30 km.

Distances - 2 km (1 mi) WNW of Santo Domingo, Panama, 13 km (8 mi) W of La Concepcion, Panama, 28 km (17 mi) NNE of Puerto Armuelles, Panama, 31 km (19 mi) SSW of Volcan, Panama, 216 km (133 mi) SE of San Jose, Costa Rica.

USGS Event ID:us b000pr8b

Editor's Comment: Panama frequently experiences these relatively minor earthquakes, especially in this region near the border with Costa Rica. These are actually seen as "good" earthquakes, because they cause no damage, and they allow the stresses in the tectonic plates to be released. The earthquake you should fear is the one that only goes off every 500 years or so, and when it pops then it's a 9.x with massive damage, knocking down every building and structure, spawning tsunamis, mudslides, volcanoes, pyroclastic flows, ash plumes, and fire storms. You know, like in Seattle...

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