Important historic earthquakes in Costa Rica

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Panama-costa Rica Border Region May 26 09:24 3.3 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica May 26 08:09 4.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Costa Rica May 26 04:36 3.1 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Costa Rica May 26 00:59 3.2 34 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Costa Rica May 24 23:50 4.4 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Drake Bay - Was chilling on the beach leaning back with my elbows on the ground, and felt a very light shake that was shaking the inside of my body ever so lightly. My companion did not feel a thing.
  • EMSC Costa Rica May 24 14:59 4.2 55 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Pajaro - Costa de pájaros se sintió fuerte y yo personalmente sentí 2
  • Laguna de Zarcero - se sintio leve aqui
  • Esparza - Esparza centro sentido muy leve
  • EMSC Costa Rica May 23 11:56 3.5 39 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 23 11:35 3.9 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 21 22:48 3.4 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 21 20:26 3.1 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 21 13:39 3.8 75 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 21 00:31 3.4 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Tambor - Lying on the bed heard windows cracking and rattling. Last Inga 3-4 seconds.
  • Montezuma - Weak shaking
  • San Isidro de Cobano - Felt the bed shaking.
  • EMSC Panama-costa Rica Border Region May 20 13:44 3.8 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 19 20:28 3.4 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 19 03:31 3.6 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 18 02:08 3.7 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica May 18 01:03 3.1 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 17 20:47 3.3 62 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 17 15:51 3.0 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 16 19:34 3.5 32 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 16 01:35 3.6 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica May 14 18:54 3.9 26 MAP
    EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica May 14 18:51 4.0 29 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ciudad Cortes, Costa Rica May 14 06:37 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 12 14:12 3.2 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 11 00:12 3.9 32 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cartago - Fence line down.
  • EMSC Costa Rica May 10 19:34 3.4 31 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 09 22:00 3.7 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 09 06:56 3.0 39 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 08 21:56 3.8 80 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 05 19:42 3.4 53 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 05 18:20 3.8 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Costa Rica May 05 12:05 4.7 80 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sardinal, Costa Rica May 05 12:05 5.0 45 MAP
  • Villareal - Very weak shaking
  • Potrero - 6am felt two small consecutive tremors. thought the kids were up stomping around... until I found the all still asleep in their beds! ha!
  • Playa Flamingo - House shook causing creeking. Bed shook. Pictures on wall rattled.
  • EMSC Costa Rica May 05 12:05 4.9 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sardinal, Costa Rica May 05 05:52 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 04 01:44 3.2 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 03 04:29 3.1 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Panama-costa Rica Border Region May 02 12:26 3.1 47 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Panama-costa Rica Border Region May 02 11:52 3.2 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Panama-costa Rica Border Region May 02 03:33 3.0 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica May 01 02:51 3.4 8 MAP
    EMSC Costa Rica May 01 02:37 3.6 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Costa Rica Apr 29 03:38 3.8 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Costa Rica Apr 28 15:53 4.5 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica Apr 28 15:53 4.8 54 MAP
    USGS San Isidro, Costa Rica Apr 27 15:33 4.1 29 MAP
    EMSC Costa Rica Apr 27 15:33 4.6 32 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • San José - muy corto
  • San Jose - Felt for 10-12 seconds. Im on the 12th floor sitting still. Windows creaked and curtains swayed
  • Santa Barbara de Heredia - Mild shaking, rattling of building for about 6 seconds.
  • Santa Barbara - Mild shaking, 8 seconds.
  • El Silencio - Only 10-15 seconds, light shaking, no damage
  • Santa Maria de Dota - A few seconds. computer desk trembled, very weak.
  • Ojochal - I was sitting in a chair outside and felt my chair shake for a few seconds
  • EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica Apr 27 02:10 3.8 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • san jose - I lived in California for years and know earthquakes. I live on the top floor, 6th floor, in an apartment building in barrio amon and felt it start to shake. i braced myself in the event it could be a high 5, low 6 or orse, after 15 seconds, maybe 25 seconds it was over, and based on my experience I rated it a 3...
  • Quepos - 2 second shake april 28 2018
  • EMSC Costa Rica Apr 26 16:39 3.8 42 MAP I Felt It INFO

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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