Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Costa Rica-Panama border Area – USGS

Panama and Costa Rica lie in a seismologically active region known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffer from earthquakes of different magnitudes.
More earthquakes struck the Costa Rica-Panama border region


A set of quakes hit on the southern border region between Costa Rica and Panama today, the most powerful two quakes of magnitudes of around 5.5 and 5.0 in 11:45 and 11:48 local time.


It was reported that the epicenter of this earthquake happened in the waters of this Puerto Armuelles industry, bordering the neighboring nation of Costa Rica.


The Costa Rican government also registered the movement and found it between the golf course of Puntarenas and Puerto Armuelles, in Panama.
Additionally, 8 aftershocks of magnitudes between 3.3 and 4.6 are enrolled in the region, all felt as well. The quake has been given a green alert level, which means economical declines, but improbable casualties or damages.
There are no immediate reports of victims or damages in either nation.
On 25 August, seismologists at Costa Rica listed a 6.2 magnitude tremor away from the country’s Pacific coast, 12 km (7.5 miles) south west of the state of Puntarenas.


Costa Rica and Panama are in one of the seismically most active parts of earth, as they’re simply east of this tectonic boundary at which the Cocos Plate is subducting (descending) beneath the Caribbean Plate, at a rate of 75 mm each year. The collision between the two constantly generates pressure along the perimeter, which will be released in many little and occasionally larger earthquakes of magnitudes 6-7. One of the largest quakes in the region in recent years was a magnitude 7.1 on 3 April 1983, at about 50 km to the shore at Costa Rica.

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