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Earthquakes in Panama

In Panama there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

7 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes. 2 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

Other natural hazards in Panama:
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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Panama by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

  • May 7, 7:25 pm
    Magnitude 5.0: 13 km north-northwest of Golfito, Costa Rica at a depth of 18.29 km.
  • May 7, 4:10 am
    Magnitude 4.2: 64 km south of Burica at a depth of 10 km.
  • May 5, 11:47 pm
    Magnitude 4.1: 16 km west of Jacó, Costa Rica at a depth of 22.77 km.
  • May 11, 2:22 am
    Magnitude 3.8: 18 km west-northwest of San Isidro, Costa Rica at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes in Panama since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Panama happened on 07/26/1962 in the region Panama with a magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
07/29/2015Colombia (Unguia)6 km5.90
07/04/2009Panama City35 km6.00
11/19/2008Paso Canoa, David, Puerto Armuelles20 km6.10
05/04/2006Boquete9 km4.50
02/04/2004Chiriqui47 km6.10
12/25/2003Puerto Armuelles11 km6.52
08/13/2003Colon, Panama City27 km5.40
07/31/2002Baru, Alanje, David; Costa Rica (Laurel)44 km6.50
11/08/2000Jurado58 km6.50
05/04/1991Changuinola, Almirante, Bocas Del Toro54 km6.20
07/01/1979Puerto Armuelles4 km6.50
07/11/1976Darien31 km6.75
07/26/1962Panama41 km7.40
03/12/1962Costa Rica-Panama16 km6.80


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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