PAGER - M 6.1 - COSTA RICA

Alert level does not include impacts from earthquake-related hazards such as tsunamis, landslides, fires or liquefaction.

Earthquake Shaking Alert Level: YELLOW

Download Alert PDFWhat's this?Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 19:21:34 UTC (13:21:34 local)Location: 10.2° N, 84.2° WDepth: 4kmEvent Id: US2009BPBAAlert Version: 1Created: 89 weeks, 0 days after earthquake.
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Alert Information

Yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response. Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Costa Rica.
Estimated FatalitiesFatality Alert Level: YELLOW
ESTIMATED FATALITY ALERT: YELLOW
ESTIMATED FATALITIES (LEVEL)Probability (%)
0 (GREEN)
 
50
1 to 9 (YELLOW)
 
32
10 to 99 (YELLOW)
 
15
100 to 999 (ORANGE)
 
3
1 to 10 thousand (RED)0
10 to 100 thousand (RED)0
100 thousand + (RED)0
Estimated Economic LossesEconomic Alert Level: YELLOW
ESTIMATED ECONOMIC ALERT: YELLOW
ESTIMATED VALUE IN USD (LEVEL)Probability (%)
0 to 1 million (GREEN)
 
11
1 to 10 million (YELLOW)
 
27
10 to 100 million (YELLOW)
 
35
100 million to 1 billion (ORANGE)
 
21
1 to 10 billion (RED)
 
5
10 to 100 billion (RED)1
100 billion + (RED)0

Detailed Information

Estimated Population Exposed to Earthquake Shaking
Estimated Modified Mercalli IntensityIII-IIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXX
Est. Population Exposure---*3,389k*2,432k2,208k966k36k15200
Perceived ShakingNot FeltWeakLightModerateStrongVery StrongSevereViolentExtreme
Potential Structure DamageResistantnonenonenoneV. LightLightModerateModerate/HeavyHeavyV. Heavy
VulnerablenonenonenoneLightModerateModerate/HeavyHeavyV. HeavyV. Heavy
*Estimated exposure only includes population within calculated shake map area
Population Exposure
Population per ~1 sq. km. from LandScan
Population Exposure Map

Structure Information Summary

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and mud wall construction.

Historical Earthquakes (with MMI)

Date (UTC)Dist (km)MagMax MMI (#)Shaking Deaths
1973-04-14936.5VIII (9k)26
1991-04-221337.6VII (213k)75
1991-05-271845.7VII (47k)0

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.

Selected Cities Exposedfrom GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents.
MMICityPopulation
VIINaranjo12k
VIIEsquipulas2k
VISan Juan8k
VISabanilla1k
VIRio Segundo10k
VIZarcero4k
VSan Jose335k
IIIManagua973k
IIIDavid83k
IIISan Andres58k
IIILeon145k

(k = x1,000)

Historical Events Map
Nearby Events in the EXPO-CAT Earthquake Catalog
#Date/TimeMagLat, Lon, DepthCountryMax MMI (Exposed)DeathsSecondary Effects
ShakingTotal
11973-04-14
08:34 UTC
6.510.68° N, 84.86° W
31km
CRVIII (9 k)2626
21976-12-01
14:15 UTC
5.89.78° N, 84.76° W
44km
CRVII (10 k)00
31977-08-07
07:08 UTC
68.49° N, 82.79° W
25km
PAVIII (28 k)00
41978-08-23
00:38 UTC
6.910.22° N, 85.2° W
25km
CRVIII (65 k)00
51979-06-27
09:50 UTC
6.37.14° N, 82.27° W
3km
PAV (1 k)00
61979-07-01
20:38 UTC
6.28.38° N, 82.85° W
29km
PAVIII (29 k)00
71979-08-24
04:26 UTC
6.48.93° N, 83.48° W
43km
CRVII (68 k)00
81982-08-17
18:24 UTC
5.89.52° N, 84.08° W
42km
CRVII (12 k)00
91983-04-03
02:50 UTC
7.48.72° N, 83.13° W
57km
CRVIII (22 k)11
101983-04-07
19:29 UTC
5.97.99° N, 82.7° W
26km
PAVI (4 k)00
111983-05-09
15:53 UTC
6.28.25° N, 82.93° W
40km
PAVII (92 k)00
121983-07-03
17:14 UTC
6.39.63° N, 83.69° W
14km
CRIX (447)22landslide
131983-09-23
23:44 UTC
5.68.39° N, 83.4° W
42km
CRVII (1)00
141983-10-12
03:39 UTC
68.06° N, 82.67° W
29km
PAVII (48 k)00
151983-11-26
20:18 UTC
6.37.37° N, 82.31° W
10km
PAV (121 k)00
161985-12-16
02:44 UTC
6.111.72° N, 85.88° W
35km
NIVII (329 k)00landslide
171987-10-04
08:15 UTC
6.110.8° N, 85.93° W
41km
CRVII (1 k)00
181988-05-06
14:46 UTC
6.611.49° N, 85.91° W
87km
NIVII (70 k)00
191990-03-25
13:16 UTC
6.49.85° N, 84.77° W
33km
CRVIII (26 k)00
201990-03-25
13:22 UTC
7.39.94° N, 84.78° W
22km
CRVIII (716 k)00landslide
211990-04-03
22:57 UTC
6.811.43° N, 86.3° W
50km
NIVIII (1 k)00
221990-04-28
01:23 UTC
6.48.92° N, 83.48° W
26km
CRVIII (11 k)00
231990-07-23
05:27 UTC
5.59.49° N, 84.57° W
25km
CRVII (16 k)00
241990-12-22
17:27 UTC
5.99.98° N, 84.23° W
11km
CRVIII (188 k)11
251991-04-22
21:56 UTC
7.69.67° N, 83.07° W
13km
CRVII (213 k)7575landslide, liquefaction, tsunami
261991-04-24
19:13 UTC
6.19.77° N, 83.52° W
1km
CRVIII (2 k)00
271991-05-04
03:42 UTC
6.29.55° N, 82.44° W
6km
PAVIII (14 k)22liquefaction
281991-05-27
18:40 UTC
5.79.53° N, 82.62° W
38km
CRVII (47 k)00
291992-03-07
01:53 UTC
6.510.23° N, 84.3° W
79km
CRVII (8 k)01
301992-05-18
23:19 UTC
6.37.35° N, 82.33° W
11km
PAV (154 k)00
311992-09-02
00:16 UTC
7.611.73° N, 87.39° W
40km
NIVII (593 k)0184tsunami
321992-09-13
10:53 UTC
5.511.52° N, 86.75° W
15km
NIV (578 k)00
331993-07-10
20:40 UTC
5.89.82° N, 83.61° W
16km
CRVIII (893)11landslide
341993-11-22
22:43 UTC
5.911.71° N, 86.09° W
112km
NIV (1,660 k)01
351994-03-12
23:00 UTC
5.611.86° N, 86.83° W
35km
NIVII (14)00
361994-10-31
22:59 UTC
5.68.99° N, 83.35° W
15km
CRVII (2 k)00
371995-02-11
22:45 UTC
5.712.6° N, 81.62° W
28km
COVII (61 k)00
381996-03-03
14:55 UTC
6.611.73° N, 86.87° W
24km
NIVII (94 k)00
391996-03-03
16:37 UTC
6.711.97° N, 86.73° W
28km
NIVIII (46 k)00
401996-08-28
17:16 UTC
5.99.43° N, 84.23° W
29km
CRVIII (3 k)00
411996-09-04
19:06 UTC
6.29.42° N, 84.2° W
18km
CRIX (16)00
421996-11-17
19:17 UTC
5.911.14° N, 86.05° W
20km
NIVI (27 k)00
431997-04-01
15:11 UTC
6.17.77° N, 82.39° W
24km
PAVII (9)00
441997-11-29
14:18 UTC
5.711.32° N, 86.21° W
44km
NIVI (89 k)00
451998-10-09
11:54 UTC
611.36° N, 86.43° W
16km
NIVI (8 k)00
461998-10-18
14:20 UTC
4.411.97° N, 86.25° W
10km
NIVI (3 k)00
471999-08-20
10:02 UTC
6.99.3° N, 84.05° W
19km
CRIX (9 k)00
481999-08-21
10:49 UTC
5.89.08° N, 83.97° W
34km
CRVII (258)00
492000-02-20
08:27 UTC
5.69.03° N, 84.04° W
28km
CRVI (19 k)00
502000-07-06
19:30 UTC
5.411.93° N, 86.07° W
15km
NIVII (173 k)77
512000-07-21
01:53 UTC
6.49.33° N, 85.31° W
17km
CRVI (7 k)00
522000-08-13
07:04 UTC
5.412.05° N, 82.85° W
12km
NIV (6 k)00
532001-08-25
02:02 UTC
67.6° N, 82.76° W
16km
PAV (213 k)00
542001-11-09
00:47 UTC
69.71° N, 82.25° W
17km
PAVI (10 k)00
552002-06-16
02:46 UTC
6.48.77° N, 83.92° W
14km
CRVII (125)00
562002-07-31
00:16 UTC
6.57.93° N, 82.78° W
20km
PAVIII (725)00
572002-08-03
02:39 UTC
5.88.23° N, 82.86° W
16km
PAVIII (23 k)00
582002-08-07
23:59 UTC
5.97.8° N, 82.86° W
6km
PAVI (504)00
592003-09-04
23:40 UTC
5.77.9° N, 82.21° W
15km
PAV (222 k)00
602003-12-25
07:11 UTC
6.58.36° N, 82.84° W
34km
PAVIII (53 k)22
612004-01-07
10:42 UTC
5.58.38° N, 82.73° W
39km
PAVII (14 k)00
622004-02-04
11:59 UTC
6.18.35° N, 82.89° W
19km
PAIX (1 k)00
632004-03-02
03:47 UTC
6.211.65° N, 86.9° W
28km
NIVII (47 k)00
642004-04-07
20:23 UTC
5.49.1° N, 84.01° W
43km
CRVI (3 k)00
652004-04-29
00:57 UTC
6.210.72° N, 86.03° W
18km
CRVII (6)00
662004-10-09
21:26 UTC
6.911.4° N, 86.7° W
35km
NIVIII (7)00
672004-11-20
08:07 UTC
6.49.58° N, 84.13° W
16km
CRIX (478)88landslide
682005-06-30
21:26 UTC
5.98.42° N, 82.87° W
38km
PAVII (135 k)00
692005-07-02
02:16 UTC
6.611.27° N, 86.24° W
27km
NIVII (10 k)00
702005-08-03
11:03 UTC
6.311.27° N, 85.53° W
11km
NIVIII (3 k)00
712005-12-30
18:26 UTC
6.17.56° N, 82.26° W
30km
PAVI (175)00
722006-05-01
07:47 UTC
5.98.15° N, 82.88° W
13km
PAVIII (2 k)00
732006-05-01
09:13 UTC
5.58.12° N, 82.87° W
10km
PAVIII (38)00
742007-03-14
21:59 UTC
5.511.51° N, 86.59° W
35km
NIVI (34 k)00
MMICityPopulation
VIINaranjo12k
VIIEsquipulas2k
VISan Juan8k
VISabanilla1k
VIRio Segundo10k
VIZarcero4k
VISanto Domingo6k
VICarrillos4k
VIAlajuela47k
VISan Francisco56k
VISan Antonio11k
VIMercedes26k
VILlorente7k
VILa Asuncion4k
VIHeredia22k
VISan Rafael9k
VISan Pablo22k
VISan Josecito12k
VIAngeles1k
VISanta Ana8k
VISan Rafael25k
VISalitral3k
VIEscazu12k
VSan Rafael18k
VColon10k
VQuesada27k
VSan Vicente34k
VSan Pedro27k
VSan Juan26k
VSan Jose335k
VSan Felipe25k
VSabanilla13k
VPurral30k
VGuadalupe26k
VCurridabat35k
VColima16k
VCalle Blancos21k
VAlajuelita14k
VSan Vicente de Moravia34k
VSan Ramon11k
VSan Rafael4k
VPital2k
VAtenas7k
VPalmichal2k
VGuapiles19k
VSan Rafael Arriba15k
VSan Miguel29k
VSan Juan de Dios15k
VSalitrillos6k
VPatarra24k
VAserri26k
VRoxana2k
VSantiago8k
VSan Rafael Abajo27k
VTres Rios10k
VSan Diego17k
VIpis27k
VGranadilla13k
VCot7k
VConcepcion14k
VOrotina6k
VSantiago2k
VDesamparados14k
VTobosi4k
VTejar22k
VSan Ignacio3k
VParaiso40k
VPacayas2k
VCartago27k
VPocora5k
VPocosol3k
VGuacimo7k
VEsparza16k
VSan Marcos4k
VTucurrique3k
VPejibaye2k
VOrosi4k
VPuntarenas36k
VMiramar7k
VChacarita26k
VTurrialba29k
VParrita4k
VLa Suiza2k
IVPaquera2k
IVSiquirres18k
IVMatina2k
IVBatan5k
IVJuntas5k
IVLos Chiles3k
IVTilaran7k
IVPuerto Limon63k
IVBagaces4k
IVSan Carlos13k
IVCanas20k
IVSan Isidro35k
IVUpala4k
IVJaco4k
IVDaniel Flores10k
IVSan Jose31k
IVBijagua1k
IVLiberia45k
IVNandayure2k
IVMercedes5k
IVSanta Cruz12k
IVFortuna2k
IVCiudad Cortes4k
IVFortuna3k
IVBelen3k
IVSamara1k
IVSan Miguelito4k
IVHojancha2k
IVNueva Guinea53k
IVNicoya15k
IVEl Almendro3k
IVBuenos Aires12k
IVCardenas1k
IVSixaola2k
IVMorrito1k
IVGuabito6k
IVQuepos8k
IVChanguinola23k
IVBluefields44k
IVBarranco1k
IVCorredor7k
IVRama20k
IVAltagracia3k
IVAcoyapa11k
IVSan Juan del Sur8k
IVMoyogalpa4k
IVSan Jorge7k
IVRivas30k
IVBuenos Aires2k
IVLa Cruz4k
IVSanto Tomas15k
IVBocas del Toro10k
IVSan Vito4k
IVGolfito7k
IVLaguna de Perlas7k
IVIsla Bastimentos2k
IVRio Sereno2k
IVProgreso2k
IVLa Esperanza2k
IVJuigalpa55k
IVCorn Island8k
IVFinca Blanco Numero Uno2k
IVFinca Corredor1k
IVDivala2k
IVMuelle de los Bueyes4k
IVPlaza de Caisan1k
IVMonte Lirio3k
IVVilla Sandino8k
IVTijera1k
IVAlmirante8k
IVAlanje1k
IVGuarumal2k
IVCamoapa17k
IVVolcan11k
IVPunta de Burica1k
IVGualaca3k
IVCerro Punta3k
IVTola3k
IVPedregal16k
IVChiriqui2k
IVCanoas5k
IVSan Andres1k
IVGomez1k
IVAserrio de Gariche2k
IVPotosi5k
IVBelen5k
IVNuevo Amanecer1k
IVLa Libertad3k
IVSanto Domingo1k
IVSanta Marta2k
IVTisma5k
IVNindiri7k
IVTipitapa127k
IVSanto Domingo6k
IVEl Rosario3k
IVSortova2k
IVSiogui Arriba1k
IVSiogui Abajo3k
IVPotrerillos Arriba1k
IVPotrerillos Abajo1k
IVPalmira1k
IVLa Concepcion17k
IVBugaba3k
IVBoquete6k
IVEl Ayote5k
IVBocana de Paiwas8k
IVPuerto Armuelles19k
IVBoqueron1k
IIISan Rafael del Sur30k
IIIPueblo Nuevo1k
IIIDolega2k
IIIChiriqui Grande1k
IIIManagua973k
IIICuapa2k
IIICarlos Fonseca Amador5k
IIICiudad Sandino70k
IIINandaime21k
IIIMuy Muy5k
IIIMatiguas11k
IIIComalapa1k
IIILos Anastacios1k
IIILos Algarrobos2k
IIIMata del Nance1k
IIILas Lomas12k
IIIEl Quiteno1k
IIIDavid83k
IIICusapin1k
IIIGranada89k
IIIDiriomo10k
IIIDiria4k
IIISan Juan de Oriente2k
IIINiquinohomo8k
IIIMasaya130k
IIILa Paz de Oriente2k
IIICatarina2k
IIISanta Teresa6k
IIIValle San Francisco2k
IIISan Lorenzo9k
IIINandasmo7k
IIINagarote26k
IIIMasatepe21k
IIILa Concepcion7k
IIIJinotepe30k
IIIDolores7k
IIIDiriamba35k
IIILa Victoria1k
IIISan Marcos23k
IIICiudad Dario13k
IIIBoaco29k
IIITicuantepe13k
IIILa Paz Centro23k
IIITeustepe4k
IIISanta Lucia2k
IIIEl Crucero16k
IIISan Andres58k
IIISardinal3k
IIISan Jose de los Remates2k
IIILarreynaga8k
IIILeon145k
IIITelica9k
IIIRio Blanco17k
IIIQuezalguaque2k
IIIQuebrada Canoa3k
IIISona7k
IIISan Felix1k
IIISan Dionisio4k
IIIPosoltega6k
IIIRio de Jesus1k
IIIChichigalpa33k
IIITerrabona2k
IIIPueblo Viejo1k
IIISan Ramon3k
IIISomotillo15k
IIIMatagalpa109k
IIISanta Rosa del Penon3k
IIILa Jicaral1k
IIILas Palmas1k
IIISan Francisco2k
IIICanazas3k
IIIEsteli96k
IIIEl Sauce12k
IIILa Mesa2k
IIIAchuapa3k

(k = x1,000)


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