2017 Costa Rica earthquake

The 2017 Costa Rica earthquake occurred 16 kilometres southeast of Jacó, which is about 100 kilometres southwest of the capital, San Jose[2] on November 12, 2017. At first, the quake was measured at a magnitude of 6.8, it was a magnitude 6.5 earthquake with a max intensity of VIII (Severe) on the Mercalli intensity scale.[3] The quake was felt most severely in the provincial districts of Quepos, Parrita and Garabito -- of which Jacó is capital.[4] The earthquake killed at least 3 people.[5] The earthquake could be felt throughout Costa Rica, and in some parts of Nicaragua and Panama.[6] Also, it was followed by more than 20 aftershocks throughout the night, the first measuring 5.1 just four minutes after the first quake.[7]

2017 Costa Rica earthquake
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2017 Costa Rica earthquake is located in Costa Rica
2017 Costa Rica earthquake
UTC time2017-11-13 02:28:23
ISC event616640579
Local dateNovember 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)
Local time20:28:24
Magnitude6.5 Mww[1]
Depth19.8 km (12 mi)
Epicenter9°31′34″N 84°30′18″W / 9.526°N 84.505°W / 9.526; -84.505Coordinates: 9°31′34″N 84°30′18″W / 9.526°N 84.505°W / 9.526; -84.505
Max. intensityVIII (Severe)
Casualties3 or more


Electricity was knocked out in some areas. There was no major infrastructure damage from the tremor that hit the lightly populated area.[2] At least one building in Jacó had been evacuated due to apparent damage and there were reports of walls collapsing and objects falling in other parts of the country.[4] South Jacó had lost power lines and there were downed poles. There were landslides due to the quake that had caused a blockage on the highway from Jacó to other cities.[8]


  1. ^ ANSS: Costa Rica 2017 (as of May 8, 2018).
  2. ^ a b Cordoba, Javier (13 November 2017). "Costa Rica Hit by 6.5-Magnitude Quake".
  3. ^ ANSS. "Costa Rica 2017: M 6.5 - 16km SE of Jaco, Costa Rica". Comprehensive Catalog. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-05-08
  4. ^ a b Cullinane, Susannah (13 November 2017). "Costa Rica Hit by Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake".
  5. ^ "Three Dead From Sunday Night's Earthquake". Q Costa Rica. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  6. ^ ANSS: Costa Rica 2017, Did you feel it?.
  7. ^ Ivetteromero (14 November 2017). "Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes off Costa Rican Coast".
  8. ^ Gaffey, Conor (13 November 2017). "There's Been Another Strong Earthquake, This Time in Costa Rica".

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