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List of earthquakes in Costa Rica

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List of earthquakes in Costa Rica

Notable earthquakes in the history of Costa Rica include the following:

Name Date Epicentre M MM Depth Notes Deaths
1910 Costa Rica earthquake 1910050400001910-05-04
Cartago 6.4 [1] 700
1966 Costa Rica earthquake 1966040900001966-04-09
5.7 [2]
1974 Costa Rica earthquake 1974022800001974-02-28
5.8 [2]
1990 Costa Rica earthquake 1990032500001990-03-25
13:22:55 UTC

Entrance to the Gulf of Nicoya
7.0 VIII 22 km According to USGS: Heavy damage (MM VIII) in the area of Puntarenas, some 60 buildings damaged (MM VII) in the San José area.[3] 1
1990 Costa Rica earthquake (aftershock) 1990042800001990-04-28
5.9 [2]
1991 Costa Rica earthquake 1991042200001991-04-22
21:56:51 UTC

Limon-Pandora area
7.6 X 10 km According to USGS: "Forty-seven people killed, 109 injured, 7,439 homeless and severe damage (IX) in the Limon-Pandora area. Intensity X was observed in some zones of liquefaction within the epicentral area. 27 people killed, 454 injured, 2,400 homeless and 866 buildings destroyed (VII-VIII) in the Guabito-Almirante-Bocas del Toro area, Panama."[4] 125
1996 Costa Rica earthquake 1996090400001996-09-04
5.8 [2]
1999 Costa Rica earthquake 1999082000001999-08-20
10:02:21 UTC

6.9 20 km [5] -
2004 Costa Rica earthquake 2004112000002004-11-20
08:07:21 UTC

6.4 16 km [6] 8
2009 Costa Rica earthquake 2009010800002009-01-08
19:21:34 UTC

30 km north of San José
6.1 4.5 km [7] 40
2012 Costa Rica earthquake 2012090500002012-09-05
14:42:10 UTC

11 km east of Nicoya
7.6 40.8 km [8]
2012 Costa Rica earthquake (aftershock) 2012102300452012-10-24
00:45:34 UTC

13 km east-northeast of Hojancha
6.6 20.1 km Most violent aftershock of the 2012 Costa Rica earthquake.[9]

See also

  • Map of 'Earthquakes in Costa Rica', compiled from the list above.


  1. ^ Historic World Earthquakes: Costa Rica
  2. ^ a b c d Se Espera un Nuevo Temblor en 10 Días Diario Extra, 2012-10-13. (Spanish)
  3. ^ Significant Earthquakes of the World, 1990
  4. ^ Significant Earthquakes of the World, 1991
  5. ^ Significant Earthquakes of the World, 1991
  6. ^ Magnitude 6.4 - COSTA RICA, 20 November 2004 08:07:21 UTC
  7. ^ Magnitude 6.1 - COSTA RICA 8 January 2009 19:21:34 UTC
  8. ^ M7.6 - 10km NE of Hojancha, Costa Rica
  9. ^ Réplica de terremoto de Nicoya causó gran alarma en el país La Nación, 2012-10-24. (Spanish)

External links

  • Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI)
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