List of earthquakes in Costa Rica

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

Costa Rica Country in Central America

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers. An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José with around 2 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.

Name Date Epicentre Mag. MM Depth Notes Deaths
2017 Costa Rica earthquake 2017-11-13
02:28:24 UTC
16 km south east of Jaco 6.5VIII19.8 kmAll casualties caused by heart attacks. [1] 3
2012 Costa Rica earthquake (aftershock)2012-10-24
00:45:34 UTC
10°07′16″N85°18′50″W / 10.121001°N 85.314004°W / 10.121001; -85.314004
13 km east-northeast of Hojancha
6.6VII 20.1 km Most violent aftershock of the 2012 Costa Rica earthquake. [2]
2012 Costa Rica earthquake 2012-09-05
14:42:10 UTC
10°07′12″N85°20′49″W / 10.119900°N 85.347000°W / 10.119900; -85.347000
11 km east of Nicoya
7.6VIII 40.8 km [3] 2
2009 Costa Rica earthquake 2009-01-08
19:21:34 UTC
10°11′49″N84°09′32″W / 10.197°N 84.159°W / 10.197; -84.159
30 km north of San José
6.1VII 4.5 km [4] 40
2004 Costa Rica earthquake 2004-11-20
08:07:21 UTC
9°34′52″N84°13′41″W / 9.581°N 84.228°W / 9.581; -84.228
6.4 16 km [5] 8
1999 Costa Rica earthquake 1999-08-20
10:02:21 UTC
9°02′N84°09′W / 9.04°N 84.15°W / 9.04; -84.15
6.9 20 km [6] -
1996 Costa Rica earthquake 1996-09-04
5.8 [7]
1991 Limon earthquake 1991-04-22
21:56:51 UTC
9°41′06″N83°04′23″W / 9.685°N 83.073°W / 9.685; -83.073
Limon-Pandora area
7.6 IX 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." [8] 125
1990 Costa Rica earthquake (aftershock)1990-04-28
5.9 [7]
1990 Costa Rica earthquake 1990-03-25
13:22:55 UTC
9°55′08″N84°48′29″W / 9.919°N 84.808°W / 9.919; -84.808
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. [9] 1
1983 Costa Rica earthquake1983-04-02Golfito7.2VIII26 kmSubduction of the Cocos Plate under the Caribbean Plate. Over 51 aftershocks reported with ML > 3,6.1
1974 Costa Rica earthquake 1974-02-28
5.8 [7]
1966 Costa Rica earthquake 1966-04-09
5.7 [7]
1910 Costa Rica earthquake 1910-05-04
Cartago 6.4 [10] 700

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2003 Puerto Armuelles earthquake

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1991 Limon earthquake

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2012 Costa Rica earthquake

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