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MAGNITUDE 5.3 PANAMA COSTA RICA BORDER REGION

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 207 km SE of San José, Costa Rica / pop: 336,000 / local time: 17:54:32.4 2017-04-02
56 km N of David, Panama / pop: 82,900 / local time: 18:54:32.4 2017-04-02
12 km NE of Cerro Punta, Panama / pop: 3,000 / local time: 18:54:32.4 2017-04-02
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MAGNITUDE 4.5 SOUTH OF PANAMA

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 374 km SE of San José, Costa Rica / pop: 335,007 / local time: 06:00:07.8 2015-08-26
158 km S of David, Panama / pop: 82,859 / local time: 07:00:07.8 2015-08-26
125 km SE of Punta de Burica / pop: 1,360 / local time: 07:00:00.0 2015-08-26


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Increased Seismic Activity Near Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica

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The Observatory on Seismology and Volcanology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) of the National University is monitoring a new earthquake cluster in the province of Cartago, not far from the Irazu volcano. According to an update by the OVSICORI geologists, more than 400 seismic disturbances ranging between one and three degrees on the moment magnitude scale have been detected over the last 14 hours in this cluster.
 
Costa Rica is known as a seismic country, but detecting more than 100 earthquakes on any given day is not very common.
 
The epicenter of these quakes, which have not stopped since before midnight on Friday, is in the vicinity of San Juan de Chicua, a farming community located about five kilometers to the northwest of the Irazu volcano, a major tourist attraction that has been subject to closures in the last several months due to ongoing landslides. The depth of these temblors ranges from one to five kilometers.
 
Neighbors of communities such as Cot, Llano Grande and Pacayas, which are located in northern Cartago, felt numerous quakes that did not allow them to sleep through the night. A resident of San Juan, who was interviewed by national news radio station Columbia 98.7 FM, explained that:
We felt two strong earthquakes about fifteen minutes after midnight. Later we felt smaller temblors, one after the other. You can first hear this sound coming from below right before the quake hits. Other times, the earth simply moves a bit and we don’t really feel it unless we hear the roof creaking above us. They’re still happening
In the past, the OVSICORI has detected earthquake clusters near the Irazu colossus, which is a sister volcano to the Turrialba, but none of them have presented this high grade of activity. Earth scientists at both the OVSICORI and the National Seismology Network of the University of Costa Rica are trying to determine if this cluster has any relation to the volcanic activity from the Irazu, but residents in nearby communities explain that they have not felt the vibration typically associated with volcanic temblors.
Courtesy of news.co.cr

Red Alert issued as severe flooding and landslides targets Costa Rica

Red Alert Issued

The president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis declared an emergency on Saturday and declared a RED ALERT as heavy rainfall continued to flood the entire province of Limon and the cantons of Turrialba and Sarapiqui. 
 
President Solis said that emergency personnel had been activated.
 
Route 32, the main highway between San Jose and Limon, is blocked at kilometer 25 after a landslide blocked the roadway with some 4,000 cubic meters of material.
 
Official reports said that the Reventazon and Pacuare rivers have overflown, blocking the passage to El Impero in the canton of Siquirres.
 
The Parismina River has also broken its banks and the El Carmen River has overflown, flooding residents in an area known as la Pajarera.
 
In Turrialba, at least eleven people have been put into a shelter established at the local community center.
 
In the communities of Caño San Jose, Nogales and Colono in Sarapiqui, 144 people have been moved to shelters due to flooding.
 
A fiber optic line has also been damaged that is cut off both cellular and landline telephone service throughout Sarapiqui.
Courtesy of insidecostarica.com

MAGNITUDE 5.0 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS REGION

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1169 km SW of San José, Costa Rica / pop: 335,007 / local time: 05:37:59.5 2015-06-08
310 km NW of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador / pop: 4,214 / local time: 05:37:59.5 2015-06-08
270 km N of Puerto Ayora, Ecuador / pop: 8,996 / local time: 05:37:59.5 2015-06-08


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Turrialba volcano eruption intensifies in Costa Rica

Source: RSN
Source: RSN
At about 6:00 am on the Monday after the May Day holiday weekend, an eruption at the Turrialba volcano was detected by scientists from the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI). This latest geologic event is being described as a strong exhalation of gas, vapor and volcanic ash.
 
According to a news report filed by Joselyne Ugarte of online news daily CRHoy.com, the Monday eruption intensified the plume that has adorned the crater over the last few weeks. Comments by geochemistry expert Maria Martinez of the OVSICORI indicate that the gasification and exhalation process at the Turrialba will probably continue despite decreased seismicity in the area.
 
A more impressive eruption took place on Friday morning, when park rangers and law enforcement officers in the area witnessed incandescent material being expelled over a period of four minutes. That eruption, which reached heights of 500 meters, sent the rangers and police officer scrambling for cover, particularly since they also felt vibratory motion underfoot. Indeed, the seismographs at the OVSICORI detected higher seismicity on Friday morning.
 
The Turrialba colossus, located in the province of Cartago, is currently the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Significant activity has been recorded since October 2014, and it has caused airport closures, flight cancellations, agricultural disruption, and temporary suspensions of school classes in the rural communities located in the skirts of this magnificent fissure of the Earth’s crust.
 
Officials from the National Commission on Emergencies are concerned that the seemingly lower levels of activity at the Turrialba have attracted more tourists, who are at danger of being at Nature’s whim should a more powerful, and potentially devastating eruption take place.
 
Park rangers and police officers are doing all they can to enforce the restrictions on entering the national park; nonetheless, some careless visitors are slipping past the barriers by skipping the rural roads and heading into the forest in search of foot trails that would lead them closer to the crater.
Courtesy of news.co.cr

MAGNITUDE 5.4 OFF COAST OF COSTA RICA

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Depth: 21 km

Distances: 171 km S of Managua, Nicaragua / pop: 973,087 / local time: 10:23:38.0 2015-03-11
112 km W of Liberia, Costa Rica / pop: 45,380 / local time: 10:23:38.0 2015-03-11
89 km W of Sardinal, Costa Rica / pop: 3,267 / local time: 10:23:38.0 2015-03-11


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MAGNITUDE 5.6 SOUTH OF PANAMA

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 400 km SE of San José, Costa Rica / pop: 335,007 / local time: 20:48:44.5 2015-03-08
197 km S of David, Panama / pop: 82,859 / local time: 21:48:44.5 2015-03-08
156 km S of Punta de Burica / pop: 1,360 / local time: 21:48:00.0 2015-03-08


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MAGNITUDE 5.7 SOUTH OF PANAMA

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 539 km S of San José, Costa Rica / pop: 335,007 / local time: 22:40:52.5 2015-02-04
351 km S of David, Panama / pop: 82,859 / local time: 23:40:52.5 2015-02-04
307 km S of Punta de Burica / pop: 1,360 / local time: 23:40:00.0 2015-02-04


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Catamaran boat capsizes killing 3 in Costa Rica

The catamaran was ferrying 99 tourists to Tortuga Island when it was overturned by a combination of strong winds and powerful waves
A British man was among three tourists killed when a boat carrying more than 100 people capsized in rough seas off Costa Rica.
 
The other victims were two women, one from Canada and one from the United States.
 
The catamaran was ferrying tourists to Tortuga Island, off the country’s Pacific Coast, when it was overturned by a combination of strong winds and powerful waves.
 
Survivors said they were handed lifejackets shortly before the boat sank.
 
One woman told local TV: “We were floating in the ocean.
 
“Many people were crying, screaming, asking for help.”
 
The vessel, the Pura Vida Princess was carrying 99 tourists and 10 crew when it capsized about nine miles offshore.
 
The accident happened at around 9am local time (3pm UK time).
 
Todd Olson, a tourist from Kansas, USA, aid: “The captain started to turn the wheel to the left.
 
“There were pretty heavy seas and we started to take water on, apparently on the right side.
 
“Within a minute it was flipped – very fast, shocking.”
 
The country’s vice-president Ana Helena Chacon said 106 people had been rescued and praised the work of lifeguards, the security ministry and the Red Cross.
 
She added: “It’s a sad day for our country, that receives so many tourists.”
 
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of an incident on a boat off the coast of Costa Rica involving British nationals.
 
“We are in close contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance.”
 
Around 2.4 million foreign tourists – most from America – visited Costa Rica in 2013, according to the country’s tourist board.
 
Courtesy of The Mirror Newspaper