PAGER - M 7.6 - COSTA RICA

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

Earthquake Shaking Alert Level: ORANGE

Download Alert PDFWhat's this?Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 14:42:07 UTC (08:42:07 local)Location: 10.1° N, 85.3° WDepth: 35kmEvent Id: USC000CFSDAlert Version: 10Created: 1 week, 5 days after earthquake.
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Scientific Analysis

ShakeMap updated to include latest intensity data and finite fault model.

Alert Information

Orange alert level for economic losses. Significant damage is likely and the disaster is potentially widespread. Estimated economic losses are 0-1% GDP of Costa Rica. Past events with this alert level have required a regional or national level response. Yellow alert level for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties are possible.
Estimated FatalitiesFatality Alert Level: YELLOW
ESTIMATED FATALITY ALERT: YELLOW
ESTIMATED FATALITIES (LEVEL)Probability (%)
0 (GREEN)
 
19
1 to 9 (YELLOW)
 
33
10 to 99 (YELLOW)
 
32
100 to 999 (ORANGE)
 
14
1 to 10 thousand (RED)
 
3
10 to 100 thousand (RED)0
100 thousand + (RED)0
Estimated Economic LossesEconomic Alert Level: ORANGE
ESTIMATED ECONOMIC ALERT: ORANGE
ESTIMATED VALUE IN USD (LEVEL)Probability (%)
0 to 1 million (GREEN)
 
2
1 to 10 million (YELLOW)
 
10
10 to 100 million (YELLOW)
 
28
100 million to 1 billion (ORANGE)
 
35
1 to 10 billion (RED)
 
20
10 to 100 billion (RED)
 
5
100 billion + (RED)1

Detailed Information

Estimated Population Exposed to Earthquake Shaking
Estimated Modified Mercalli IntensityIII-IIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXX
Est. Population Exposure---*216k*4,271k*3,917k955k332k3k00
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 a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and mud wall construction.

Historical Earthquakes (with MMI)

Date (UTC)Dist (km)MagMax MMI (#)Shaking Deaths
2000-02-201815.6VI (19k)0
1993-07-101885.8VIII (893)1
1991-04-222497.6VII (213k)75

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

Selected Cities Exposedfrom GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents.
MMICityPopulation
VIIISanta Cruz12k
VIINandayure2k
VIINicoya15k
VIIChacarita26k
VIIHojancha2k
VIISamara1k
VSan Jose335k
IVManagua973k
IVMasaya130k
IVLeon145k
IIIDavid83k

(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
51979-07-01
20:38 UTC
6.28.38° N, 82.85° W
29km
PAVIII (29 k)00
61979-08-24
04:26 UTC
6.48.93° N, 83.48° W
43km
CRVII (68 k)00
71982-08-17
18:24 UTC
5.89.52° N, 84.08° W
42km
CRVII (12 k)00
81983-04-03
02:50 UTC
7.48.72° N, 83.13° W
57km
CRVIII (22 k)11
91983-04-07
19:29 UTC
5.97.99° N, 82.7° W
26km
PAVI (4 k)00
101983-05-09
15:53 UTC
6.28.25° N, 82.93° W
40km
PAVII (92 k)00
111983-07-03
17:14 UTC
6.39.63° N, 83.69° W
14km
CRIX (447)22landslide
121983-09-23
23:44 UTC
5.68.39° N, 83.4° W
42km
CRVII (1)00
131983-10-12
03:39 UTC
68.06° N, 82.67° W
29km
PAVII (48 k)00
141984-08-31
04:42 UTC
5.612.86° N, 87.23° W
6km
NIVIII (2 k)00
151985-12-16
02:44 UTC
6.111.72° N, 85.88° W
35km
NIVII (329 k)00landslide
161987-10-04
08:15 UTC
6.110.8° N, 85.93° W
41km
CRVII (1 k)00
171987-11-17
03:40 UTC
6.412.54° N, 86.98° W
78km
NIVII (249 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
301992-09-02
00:16 UTC
7.611.73° N, 87.39° W
40km
NIVII (593 k)0184tsunami
311992-09-13
10:53 UTC
5.511.52° N, 86.75° W
15km
NIV (578 k)00
321993-07-10
20:40 UTC
5.89.82° N, 83.61° W
16km
CRVIII (893)11landslide
331993-11-22
22:43 UTC
5.911.71° N, 86.09° W
112km
NIV (1,660 k)01
341994-03-12
23:00 UTC
5.611.86° N, 86.83° W
35km
NIVII (14)00
351994-10-31
22:59 UTC
5.68.99° N, 83.35° W
15km
CRVII (2 k)00
361996-03-03
14:55 UTC
6.611.73° N, 86.87° W
24km
NIVII (94 k)00
371996-03-03
16:37 UTC
6.711.97° N, 86.73° W
28km
NIVIII (46 k)00
381996-08-28
17:16 UTC
5.99.43° N, 84.23° W
29km
CRVIII (3 k)00
391996-09-04
19:06 UTC
6.29.42° N, 84.2° W
18km
CRIX (16)00
401996-11-17
19:17 UTC
5.911.14° N, 86.05° W
20km
NIVI (27 k)00
411997-11-29
14:18 UTC
5.711.32° N, 86.21° W
44km
NIVI (89 k)00
421998-08-23
13:57 UTC
6.711.71° N, 88° W
12km
NIV (650 k)00
431998-10-09
11:54 UTC
611.36° N, 86.43° W
16km
NIVI (8 k)00
441998-10-18
14:20 UTC
4.411.97° N, 86.25° W
10km
NIVI (3 k)00
451999-08-20
10:02 UTC
6.99.3° N, 84.05° W
19km
CRIX (9 k)00
461999-08-21
10:49 UTC
5.89.08° N, 83.97° W
34km
CRVII (258)00
472000-02-20
08:27 UTC
5.69.03° N, 84.04° W
28km
CRVI (19 k)00
482000-07-06
19:30 UTC
5.411.93° N, 86.07° W
15km
NIVII (173 k)77
492000-07-21
01:53 UTC
6.49.33° N, 85.31° W
17km
CRVI (7 k)00
502000-08-13
07:04 UTC
5.412.05° N, 82.85° W
12km
NIV (6 k)00
512001-08-25
02:02 UTC
67.6° N, 82.76° W
16km
PAV (213 k)00
522001-11-09
00:47 UTC
69.71° N, 82.25° W
17km
PAVI (10 k)00
532002-06-16
02:46 UTC
6.48.77° N, 83.92° W
14km
CRVII (125)00
542002-07-31
00:16 UTC
6.57.93° N, 82.78° W
20km
PAVIII (725)00
552002-08-03
02:39 UTC
5.88.23° N, 82.86° W
16km
PAVIII (23 k)00
562002-08-07
23:59 UTC
5.97.8° N, 82.86° W
6km
PAVI (504)00
572003-12-25
07:11 UTC
6.58.36° N, 82.84° W
34km
PAVIII (53 k)22
582004-01-07
10:42 UTC
5.58.38° N, 82.73° W
39km
PAVII (14 k)00
592004-02-04
11:59 UTC
6.18.35° N, 82.89° W
19km
PAIX (1 k)00
602004-03-02
03:47 UTC
6.211.65° N, 86.9° W
28km
NIVII (47 k)00
612004-04-07
20:23 UTC
5.49.1° N, 84.01° W
43km
CRVI (3 k)00
622004-04-29
00:57 UTC
6.210.72° N, 86.03° W
18km
CRVII (6)00
632004-10-09
21:26 UTC
6.911.4° N, 86.7° W
35km
NIVIII (7)00
642004-11-20
08:07 UTC
6.49.58° N, 84.13° W
16km
CRIX (478)88landslide
652005-06-30
21:26 UTC
5.98.42° N, 82.87° W
38km
PAVII (135 k)00
662005-07-02
02:16 UTC
6.611.27° N, 86.24° W
27km
NIVII (10 k)00
672005-08-03
11:03 UTC
6.311.27° N, 85.53° W
11km
NIVIII (3 k)00
682006-05-01
07:47 UTC
5.98.15° N, 82.88° W
13km
PAVIII (2 k)00
692006-05-01
09:13 UTC
5.58.12° N, 82.87° W
10km
PAVIII (38)00
702007-03-14
21:59 UTC
5.511.51° N, 86.59° W
35km
NIVI (34 k)00
MMICityPopulation
VIIISanta Cruz12k
VIINandayure2k
VIINicoya15k
VIIChacarita26k
VIIHojancha2k
VIISamara1k
VIIPaquera2k
VIIBelen3k
VIIPuntarenas36k
VIISardinal3k
VIIEsparza16k
VILiberia45k
VIBagaces4k
VICanas20k
VISan Jose31k
VIJuntas5k
VIJaco4k
VIUpala4k
VISan Ramon11k
VIFortuna2k
VISan Juan8k
VIParrita4k
VIMiramar7k
VILa Cruz4k
VIFortuna3k
VINaranjo12k
VIAtenas7k
VISantiago8k
VISan Rafael4k
VICarrillos4k
VIPocosol3k
VIPital2k
VIEsquipulas2k
VISantiago2k
VIRio Segundo10k
VIQuesada27k
VISan Rafael18k
VISabanilla1k
VIBatan5k
VSan Jose335k
VPuerto Limon63k
VMatina2k
VBijagua1k
VRoxana2k
VAlajuela47k
VLos Chiles3k
VAngeles1k
VZarcero4k
VSan Antonio11k
VLa Asuncion4k
VSan Pedro27k
VGuadalupe26k
VGranadilla13k
VCalle Blancos21k
VSanta Ana8k
VSabanilla13k
VPurral30k
VLlorente7k
VHeredia22k
VSan Juan26k
VColima16k
VSan Miguel29k
VSan Francisco56k
VSan Felipe25k
VAlajuelita14k
VTilaran7k
VSan Vicente34k
VSan Rafael Arriba15k
VSan Juan de Dios15k
VSan Vicente de Moravia34k
VSan Rafael Abajo27k
VSan Carlos13k
VColon10k
VSan Jorge7k
VRivas30k
VSan Rafael25k
VBuenos Aires2k
VSan Diego17k
VPotosi5k
VBelen5k
VAltagracia3k
VOrotina6k
VIpis27k
VTurrialba29k
VGuacimo7k
VCurridabat35k
VCartago27k
VDesamparados14k
VConcepcion14k
VMercedes26k
VGuapiles19k
VTres Rios10k
VSan Rafael9k
VSan Josecito12k
VSan Isidro35k
VCardenas1k
VPocora5k
VEl Almendro3k
VPatarra24k
VQuepos8k
VPejibaye2k
VSan Miguelito4k
VEscazu12k
VDaniel Flores10k
VTola3k
VTobosi4k
VSan Pablo22k
VSalitral3k
VParaiso40k
VSalitrillos6k
VSanto Domingo6k
VMoyogalpa4k
VAserri26k
VNandaime21k
VMorrito1k
VSiquirres18k
VTucurrique3k
VSanta Teresa6k
VPalmichal2k
VOrosi4k
VLa Suiza2k
VNueva Guinea53k
VSan Ignacio3k
VPacayas2k
VTejar22k
VCot7k
VCiudad Cortes4k
VMasatepe21k
VMercedes5k
VVilla Sandino8k
VSanto Tomas15k
VSan Juan del Sur8k
VJuigalpa55k
VTipitapa127k
VSan Rafael del Sur30k
IVCorredor7k
IVTisma5k
IVManagua973k
IVCamoapa17k
IVLa Paz de Oriente2k
IVAcoyapa11k
IVSixaola2k
IVMuelle de los Bueyes4k
IVNiquinohomo8k
IVJinotepe30k
IVEl Rosario3k
IVDolores7k
IVDiriamba35k
IVGuabito6k
IVCuapa2k
IVCarlos Fonseca Amador5k
IVSan Marcos4k
IVCiudad Sandino70k
IVSan Marcos23k
IVNandasmo7k
IVLa Concepcion7k
IVFinca Blanco Numero Uno2k
IVMasaya130k
IVSan Vito4k
IVNindiri7k
IVBuenos Aires12k
IVTicuantepe13k
IVTeustepe4k
IVRama20k
IVEl Crucero16k
IVEl Ayote5k
IVLa Libertad3k
IVLa Esperanza2k
IVAlmirante8k
IVRio Sereno2k
IVComalapa1k
IVNagarote26k
IVCorinto19k
IVSanto Domingo6k
IVEl Realejo6k
IVCorn Island8k
IVChanguinola23k
IVLa Paz Centro23k
IVProgreso2k
IVLarreynaga8k
IVFinca Corredor1k
IVSanta Lucia2k
IVNuevo Amanecer1k
IVMatiguas11k
IVLeon145k
IVCiudad Dario13k
IVPalmira1k
IVTelica9k
IVSan Jose de los Remates2k
IVBarranco1k
IVAserrio de Gariche2k
IVSanta Rosa del Penon3k
IVSan Juan de Oriente2k
IVQuezalguaque2k
IVValle San Francisco2k
IVSan Lorenzo9k
IVPuerto Armuelles19k
IVPosoltega6k
IVChichigalpa33k
IVDivala2k
IVBoaco29k
IVMonte Lirio3k
IVGuarumal2k
IVTerrabona2k
IVMuy Muy5k
IVPlaza de Caisan1k
IVPuerto Morazan8k
IVBocana de Paiwas8k
IVChinandega126k
IVPunta de Burica1k
IVCanoas5k
IVEl Viejo54k
IVLa Jicaral1k
IVBluefields44k
IVSan Andres1k
IVRio Blanco17k
IVVolcan11k
IVGomez1k
IVChiriqui2k
IVSiogui Arriba1k
IVSanto Domingo1k
IVSanta Marta2k
IVSortova2k
IVSiogui Abajo3k
IVBoquete6k
IVPotrerillos Arriba1k
IVLa Concepcion17k
IVSan Dionisio4k
IVEl Sauce12k
IVBugaba3k
IVBoqueron1k
IVPueblo Nuevo1k
IVDolega2k
IVAlanje1k
IVSan Ramon3k
IVLaguna de Perlas7k
IVTijera1k
IVCatarina2k
IVDiriomo10k
IVPotrerillos Abajo1k
IVPedregal16k
IVGolfito7k
IVMatagalpa109k
IVCerro Punta3k
IVLos Anastacios1k
IVDiria4k
IVLos Algarrobos2k
IIIEl Quiteno1k
IIIMata del Nance1k
IIILas Lomas12k
IIIGranada89k
IIIDavid83k

(k = x1,000)


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