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Update 18:57 UTC : Many aftershocks since today's mainshock. The latest one being a M5.2 (see also seismogram below)

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Update 17:28 UTC : At the time of writing this update we are happy to report that we could not find any damage

Update 09:55 UTC : USGS has decreased the Magnitude from M6.7 to M6.6, depth 18 km Epicenter (luckily) offshore.

Update 09:46 UTC : We like to bring good news too - No electricity outages are being reported, a good sign!

Update 09:35 UTC : The BURICA (peninsula) area might be the hardest hit during this earthquake as a very strong MMI VII shaking is expected there.  Below the expected shaking following the USGS agency.

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Update 09:35 UTC : Costa Rica authorities are mentioning a maximum shaking of MMI IV = light shaking = probably no damage. Costa Rica seismological agency is reporting a far weaker Magnitude of 6.1 vs M6.7 by USGS

Update 09:34 UTC : The David Fire Department is currently assessing the situation and is looking for eventual damage. We will report if anything is being found.

Update 09:16 UTC : Below the USGS shaking map. Max. expected shaking in the coastal towns MMI VI = strong shaking

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Update 09:16 UTC : GEOFON automatic Focal Mechanism is showing a compression (thrust) type earthquake which means the the main movement will be vertical. The most dangerous earthquakes are lateral movement earthquakes which are called Transform Type earthquakes. The subduction type will weaken the damage outlook considerably.

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Update 09:13 UTC : ER is almost certain that this earthquake will be damaging. The extend of the damage will depend on the earthquake type. It will take another 10 minutes before we are sure about that. We expect the David Panama district to be the hardest hit. Also the coastal area of Costa Rica may get his part of the slight damage.

Update 09:09 UTC : Although local tsunami waves are possible, the PWTC indicates that a Pacific Ocean and US West Coast tsunami is not likely. No alert has been issued for these areas. PWTC text : BASED ON EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION AND HISTORIC TSUNAMI RECORDS    THE EARTHQUAKE WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO GENERATE A TSUNAMI.

Update 09:07 UTC : Today's earthquake is a lot stronger than the M6.0 earthquake from yesterday.

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8km (5mi) ESE of Punta de Burica, Panama
32km (20mi) SSE of Puerto Armuelles, Panama
57km (35mi) SW of Pedregal, Panama
60km (37mi) SSW of La Concepcion, Panama
256km (159mi) SSE of San Jose, Costa Rica

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-12-08 03:54:54

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-12-08 08:54:54

Depth (Hypocenter) : 19 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Punta De Burica, Panama Dec 08 18:44 5.3 43 MAP
EMSC Panama-costa Rica Border Region Dec 08 18:44 5.3 30 MAP
GEOFON Panama-costa Rica Border Region Dec 08 18:44 5.4 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
PTWC Dec 08 09:00 6.7 0 MAP
WCATWC Panama-costa Rica Border Region Dec 08 08:55 6.7 9 MAP
  • Veraguas - no damage...
  • Bocas - Hard shaking. Pictures and things on counter moved.
  • Panamá - Weak shaking in Panamá
  • Panama City - Dec 8, 2014 around 3:55 a.m. we felt a fairly strong quake. It was strong enough to make our parrot fall off of her perch and cause everything on the shelves to rattle loudly. I was in a rolling chair at my desk when it happened and got rolled around a little. The bird is fine, we are okay, and nothing was broken in our house.
  • Ciudad Neily - no damage. car alarms sounded outside. lasted several seconds. quake seemed to wake neighbors.
  • Panama - Some shaking at the office but fine, no damage or problems.
  • Chiriqui/Divala - Fuerte mas que el del sabado Todo se estremecio.. hasta el momemto no hay daños aqui
  • David - Pas de dommages secousse forte à 3H 50mn du matin ,puis très forte latérale, message d'un Français - Christian BISCARAT - ER : Merci de partager votre experience Christian
  • Puerto Armuelles - The whole house was shaking a lot for about 30 seconds, much more than two days ago. Some objects fell off the shelve and tile floors and walls cracked in several places.
  • Uvita - Woke us up in our hotel above Uvita.
  • San Carlos Panama - No damage that I am aware of. Building was swaying and I could hear water sloshing. Reservoir on roof I think - not sure. Seemed to last at least 30 seconds after I woke.
  • Boquete - Woke to about 30-45 seconds of shaking in our hotel room at The Haven. Pictures and bed swaying, but no damage.
  • Cocles de Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - I was awakened on the second story by the wooden house shaking and creaking. The shaking seems to have unbalanced a ceiling fan that was on and is now squeaking and wobbling. No other damage has been noticed.
  • Boquete, Chiriqui - Just before 4 am everyone in the house woke to shaking of the house. Things rattled, and my young daughter fell out of bed (she's fine) but nothing broke or fell of the wall. ER: Wow! Luckily nobody hurt
  • Sierpe - Woke up to rattling doors not strong shaking. Significant enough to wake me
  • Dolega - No damage just a ride on the shaking bed
  • Playa Zancudo - was in bed. shaking woke me up. lasted several seconds. caused hanging items to sway significantly.
  • San Pablo - Woke to the bed swaying like it was surfing on water. Furniture was rattling, and some items were shaken off shelves and tables.
  • Dolega - About quarter til 2 local time a minor quake in panama same area as big one this am
  • Boquete - A few seconds of mild shacking then fast stop
  • Boquete - It was the second one today so it was rather strange. But we are ok.
  • Dolphin Bay, Bocas del Toro - My house is on stilts so it shook quite a bit.
  • san jose - I felt the shaking lying in bed
  • USGS Punta De Burica, Panama Dec 08 08:54 6.7 10 MAP
    EMSC Panama-costa Rica Border Region Dec 08 08:54 6.5 20 MAP
    GEOFON Panama-costa Rica Border Region Dec 08 08:54 6.5 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Punta De Burica, Panama Dec 08 08:54 6.6 20 MAP




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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) ?
    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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