Written by on . Last updated July 18th, 2024.

A significant M5.3 earthquake struck under land 9 kilometer from La Concepción in Panama in the night of Monday July 8th, 2024. Another nearby country is Costa Rica.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in Panama, 9 kilometer (6 mi) west of La Concepción in Chiriquí. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 31 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Jul 8, 2024 04:54AM (Panama Time)
- Jul 8, 2024 09:54 Universal Time.
Location: 9 km west of La Concepción, Chiriquí, Panama.
Coordinates 8°30'43"N 82°42'10"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.3
Detected by 37 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.051 .
Depth: 31 km (19 mi)
A quite shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
While this was a shallow earthquake in a coastal area, it appears to have occurred under land (20 km from the sea) with a magnitude that is usually not strong enough to cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

Panama and Costa Rica are both located within 300km distance of the epicenter of the earthquake.

La Concepción in Chiriquí, Panama is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 9 kilometer (6 mi) west of La Concepción.

A complete list of nearby places is included below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
9 km (6 mi)
E from epicenter
La Concepción

Chiriquí, Panama.
31 km (19 mi)
ESE from epicenter
David

Chiriquí, Panama.
34 km (21 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Pedregal

Chiriquí, Panama.
104 km (65 mi)
N from epicenter
Changuinola

Bocas del Toro, Panama.
145 km (90 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Isidro

San José, Costa Rica.
168 km (104 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Limón

Limón, Costa Rica.
189 km (117 mi)
NW from epicenter
Turrialba

Cartago, Costa Rica.
195 km (121 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Santiago de Veraguas

Veraguas, Panama.
195 km (121 mi)
NW from epicenter
Paraíso

Cartago, Costa Rica.
197 km (122 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Siquirres

Limón, Costa Rica.
201 km (125 mi)
NW from epicenter
Cartago

Cartago, Costa Rica.
210 km (130 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Diego

Cartago, Costa Rica.
211 km (131 mi)
NW from epicenter
Patarrá

San José, Costa Rica.
212 km (132 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Miguel

San José, Costa Rica.
214 km (133 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Rafael Arriba

San José, Costa Rica.
214 km (133 mi)
NW from epicenter
Aserrí

San José, Costa Rica.
214 km (133 mi)
NW from epicenter
Curridabat

San José, Costa Rica.
215 km (134 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Juan de Dios

San José, Costa Rica.
216 km (134 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Pedro

San José, Costa Rica.
217 km (135 mi)
NW from epicenter
Tejar

San José, Costa Rica.
217 km (135 mi)
NW from epicenter
Purral

San José, Costa Rica.
217 km (135 mi)
NW from epicenter
Ipís

San José, Costa Rica.
218 km (135 mi)
NW from epicenter
Guadalupe

San José, Costa Rica.
218 km (135 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Felipe

San José, Costa Rica.
219 km (136 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Vicente de Moravia

San José, Costa Rica.
219 km (136 mi)
NW from epicenter
San José

San José, Costa Rica.
219 km (136 mi)
NW from epicenter
Calle Blancos

San José, Costa Rica.
219 km (136 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Vicente

San José, Costa Rica.
221 km (137 mi)
NW from epicenter
Colima

San José, Costa Rica.
221 km (137 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Juan

San José, Costa Rica.
223 km (139 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Rafael

San José, Costa Rica.
224 km (139 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Guápiles

Limón, Costa Rica.
225 km (140 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Pablo

Heredia, Costa Rica.
227 km (141 mi)
NW from epicenter
Heredia

Heredia, Costa Rica.
227 km (141 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Francisco

Heredia, Costa Rica.
228 km (142 mi)
NW from epicenter
Mercedes Norte

Heredia, Costa Rica.
228 km (142 mi)
NW from epicenter
San Rafael Abajo

San José, Costa Rica.
235 km (146 mi)
NW from epicenter
Alajuela

Alajuela, Costa Rica.
258 km (160 mi)
E from epicenter
Penonomé

Coclé, Panama.
271 km (168 mi)
NW from epicenter
Esparza

Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
277 km (172 mi)
NW from epicenter
Quesada

Alajuela, Costa Rica.
281 km (175 mi)
NW from epicenter
Chacarita

Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
285 km (177 mi)
NW from epicenter
Puntarenas

Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Shaking reported by 66 people in 2 countries

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 66 people have reported shaking in 28 places in 2 countries (Panama, Costa Rica).We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Volcán, Chiriquí, Panama: 10 people.
  • Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama: 9 people.
  • Almirante, Bocas del Toro, Panama: 5 people.
  • David, Chiriquí, Panama: 5 people.
  • Palmira, Chiriquí, Panama: 4 people.
  • Las Lomas, Chiriquí, Panama: 4 people.
  • Corredor, Puntarenas, Costa Rica: 3 people.
  • Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica: 2 people.
  • La Suiza, Cartago, Costa Rica: 2 people.
  • Santa Marta, Chiriquí, Panama: 2 people.

4 Aftershocks detected

Since this main shock, 4 smaller aftershocks were detected. A 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit 1 hr later 8 km (5 mi) south of this earthquake.

In the days before this main shock, 5 smaller foreshocks were detected. Roughly 8 hrs before this earthquake, a foreshock measuring MAG-4 was detected nearby this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.0 24 hrs earlier
Jul 7, 2024 05:09AM (Panama Time)
10 km (6 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.3 12 hrs earlier
Jul 7, 2024 04:53PM (Panama Time)
68 km (43 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.3 9 hrs earlier
Jul 7, 2024 07:54PM (Panama Time)
47 km (29 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.3 8 hrs earlier
Jul 7, 2024 08:38PM (Panama Time)
37 km (23 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.0 8 hrs earlier
Jul 7, 2024 09:11PM (Panama Time)
60 km (37 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.3 Jul 8, 2024 04:54AM
(Panama Time)
-
Aftershock M 3.3 1 hr later
Jul 8, 2024 06:18AM (Panama Time)
8 km (5 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.1 7 hrs later
Jul 8, 2024 12:18PM (Panama Time)
10 km (6 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 9 hrs later
Jul 8, 2024 01:26PM (Panama Time)
14 km (9 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.0 2 days later
Jul 10, 2024 04:20PM (Panama Time)
31 km (19 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

The risk of aftershocks decreases rapidly over time. Usually, aftershocks are at least one order of magnitude lower than a main shock.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since April 24th, 2024, when a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit 115 km (71 mi) further south-southeast. An even stronger magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck on October 20th, 2022.

In total, 35 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.3 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 3 months.

Tsunami very unlikely

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

While MAG-6.5+ earthquakes may cause tsunami's, it appears that the epicenter of this earthquake hit under land. In addition, the reported depth is deeper than 100km, making the risk of a tsunami even less likely. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck on land near a coastal area (20 km from the sea). Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 31 km (19 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 18/07/24 09:58 (). As more information on this earthquake becomes available this article will be updated. This article is automatically composed based on data originating from multiple sources.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000mxr8
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240708_0000078
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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