M 5.7 in Panama on 31 Jan 2018 16:37 UTC
EQ parameters

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.7M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 7.2307 , -79.6307
Event Date: 31 Jan 2018 16:37 UTC
Exposed Population: About 51000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us2000crtj
Inserted at: 31 Jan 2018 16:57 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 4 (Panama)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us2000crtj Scaled population -8  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.87  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1196547 0 31 Jan 2018 16:37 5.7M, 10km 4.21 50 thousand 00:19 NEIC
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Panama , Province of Los Santos (population 82,929) . The nearest places are Punta Mala, Limón, Los Panamaes, Pedasí, Calabacito, Mariabé, Los Asientos, Punta del Tigre, Buenos Aires, Las Escobas del Venado, and Las Tablas.

Radius Population
100 km 51000 people
75 km 7400 people
50 km <1000 people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Los Santos Panama 82000 people
Veraguas Panama 220000 people
Herrera Panama 100000 people
Cocle Panama 180000 people
Panama Panama 1.2 million people
Darien Panama 38000 people
Choco Colombia 360000 people
Colon Panama 180000 people
Bocas del Toro Panama 100000 people
San Blas Panama 36000 people
Chiriqui Panama 390000 people
Antioquia Colombia 4.6 million people
Cordoba Colombia 1.1 million people
Puntarenas Costa Rica 380000 people
Limon Costa Rica 250000 people
Valle del Cauca Colombia 3.4 million people
Risaralda Colombia 760000 people
Caldas Colombia 930000 people
San Jose Costa Rica 1.2 million people
Cartago Costa Rica 350000 people
Sucre Colombia 630000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Punta Mala Los Santos Panama Village6 - 48 km
Limón Los Santos Panama Village5 - 54 km
Los Panamaes Los Santos Panama Village6 - 55 km
Pedasí Los Santos Panama Village5 1800 people 55 km
Calabacito Los Santos Panama Village6 - 61 km
Mariabé Los Santos Panama Village5 - 61 km
Los Asientos Los Santos Panama Village5 - 64 km
Punta del Tigre Los Santos Panama Village6 - 64 km
Buenos Aires Los Santos Panama Village6 - 66 km
Las Escobas del Venado Los Santos Panama Village6 - 67 km
Las Tablas Los Santos Panama Major city 8400 people 93 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Augusto Vergara 21 0 99 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Pedasi Panama 76 km

More information

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