M 7.6 in Costa Rica on 05 Sep 2012 14:42 UTC

Event summary

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

Earthquake Magnitude: 7.6M
Depth: 40.2 Km
Lat/Lon: 9.9964 , -85.318
Event Date: 05 Sep 2012 14:42 UTC
05 Sep 2012 08:42 Local
Exposed Population: 1060000 people in MMI VII
770000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC usc000cfsd
Inserted at: 02 Feb 2017 13:11 UTC

GDACS Score

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  Earthquake Tsunami GDACS score
NEIC 1.3 1 1.3
usc000cfsd Scaled population (vector) n.a Max wave scenario 0m  
  C1 earthquake n.a Max wave realtime 0.93m  
  C2 earthquake n.a      
  Country Vulnerability n.a      
  INFORM_normalised n.a      
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
119341 2 05 Sep 2012 14:42 7.9M, 46km N/A 520 thousand 1.6m (at 00:34) 1610d 22:29 NEIC
119342 1.3 05 Sep 2012 14:42 7.5M, 10km N/A 830 thousand 0.3m (at 00:26) 1610d 22:29 NEIC
119343 2 05 Sep 2012 14:42 7.9M, 20km N/A 550 thousand 2m (at 00:50) 1610d 22:29 NEIC
119344 1.3 05 Sep 2012 14:42 7.6M, 40.8km N/A 770 thousand 0.7m (at 00:48) 1610d 22:29 NEIC
119345 1.2 05 Sep 2012 14:42 7.4M, 35km N/A 800 thousand 0.1m (at 00:30) 1610d 22:29 NEIC
119352 1.3 05 Sep 2012 14:42 7.6M, 40.2km N/A 770 thousand 0.9m (at 00:48) 1610d 22:29 NEIC
119397 2 05 Sep 2012 14:42 7.6M, 40km N/A 680 thousand 1d 01:15 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
The episode that has the last updated information.
* 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 Costa Rica , Province of Guanacaste (population 226,557) . The nearest places are San Antonio, Ángeles de Monte Romo, Camas, Santa Rita, Porvenir, San Roque, San Pablo, Guapinol, Guabo, El Vigía, and Buenos Aires.

Radius Population
100 km 770000 people
75 km 490000 people
50 km 170000 people
20 km 38000 people
10 km 6900 people
5 km <1000 people
2 km <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Guanacaste Costa Rica 220000 people
Puntarenas Costa Rica 380000 people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
San Antonio Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 1 km
Ángeles de Monte Romo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 5 km
Camas Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 7 km
Santa Rita Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 7 km
Porvenir Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 7 km
San Roque Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 10 km
San Pablo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 10 km
Guapinol Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 11 km
Guabo Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 12 km
El Vigía Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 12 km
Mansión Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 12 km
Hoja Ancha Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 13 km
Bejuco Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 16 km
Arbolito Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 18 km
Los Ángeles Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 18 km
Corozal Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 18 km
San Rafael Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 19 km
Galilea Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 20 km
Nancite Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 20 km
Quebrada Honda Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 20 km
Cueste Grande Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 21 km
Nicoya Guanacaste Costa Rica City 15000 people 22 km
Zapote Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 22 km
Carrillo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 23 km
San Francisco Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 24 km
Quirimán Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 24 km
San Antonio Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 25 km
Dominicas Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 25 km
Puerto Carazo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 25 km
Naranjal Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 25 km
Sámara Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 26 km
Caballito Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 27 km
Cerro Frío Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 29 km
Pilas Blancas Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 29 km
Ángeles Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 30 km
Primavera Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 30 km
Colorado Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 31 km
Sonzapotal Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 31 km
Ángeles Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 31 km
Nambí Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 31 km
Lepanto Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 32 km
Pozo de Agua Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 32 km
Montaña Grande Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 32 km
Esperanza Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 32 km
Tiquirusas Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 33 km
San Lázaro Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 34 km
Abangares Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 35 km
Puerto Humo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 35 km
Guaria Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 35 km
Manzanillo Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 35 km
Esperanza Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 36 km
Abangaritos Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 36 km
Rosario Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 37 km
Boca del Nosara Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 37 km
Garza Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 37 km
Catalina Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 38 km
Porosal Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 38 km
Duendes Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 39 km
Cuajiniquil Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 39 km
Quebrada Bonita Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 39 km
Lagarto Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 40 km
Cóbano Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 40 km
Cascante Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 40 km
Talolinga Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 40 km
Santiago Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 40 km
La Palma Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 41 km
Cabo Blanco Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 41 km
Tortugal Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 41 km
Santa Cruz Guanacaste Costa Rica City 12000 people 41 km
Morales Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 42 km
Bolsón Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 43 km
Limonal Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 44 km
Gigante Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 44 km
Tambor Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 44 km
La Aldea Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 45 km
Bebedero Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 45 km
Carmen Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 45 km
Puerto Chomes Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 45 km
Arizona Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 46 km
Hotel Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 46 km
Santa Lucía Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 46 km
San Lucas Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 46 km
Terrero Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 46 km
Puerto San Juanillo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 46 km
Hda Santa Elena Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 46 km
Paquera Puntarenas Costa Rica Village 1400 people 47 km
Rancho Ania Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 47 km
Lagunilla Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 47 km
Moctezuma Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 47 km
Agua Caliente Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 48 km
Hacienda Tamarindo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 48 km
San Agustin Puntarenas Costa Rica Village - 48 km
Lapita Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 49 km
Paso Hondo Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 49 km
Marbella Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 49 km
Zapote Vado Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 50 km
Moralito Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 50 km
Juntas Guanacaste Costa Rica Village 4700 people 50 km
Las Cañas Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 50 km
Pozo Azul Guanacaste Costa Rica Village - 50 km

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Critical infrastructure

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

Airports

Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Palo Arco 100 Civ. Paved No 3200 19 km
Nicoya 120 0 21 km
Carrillo RIK 2 Civ. Unpaved No 3900 23 km
Nicoya Guanacaste NCT unknown 0 28 km
Playa Samara PLD unknown 0 30 km
Nosara NOB 10 Civ. Paved No 3200 37 km
Santa Cruz Guanacaste SZC unknown 0 43 km
Tambor TMU unknown 0 44 km
Las Canas LCS unknown 0 51 km
Chacarita 2 Civ. Paved No 4900 60 km
Flamingo FMG unknown 0 69 km
Liberia International LIR 70 Civ. Paved Yes 9000 71 km
Cabo Velas 10 0 71 km
La Flor 55 Civ. Paved No 3100 76 km

Ports

Name LOCODE Country Distance
Puntarenas CRPAS Costa Rica 52 km
Caldera CRCAL Costa Rica 67 km

Dams

Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Arenal Arenal Arenal 1978 81 km

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