2002 Burica earthquake

2002 Burica earthquake
Origin time 00:16:48 on July 31 UTC [1]
Magnitude 6.5 Mw [1]
Depth 22.5 km (14.0 mi) [1]
Epicenter 7°55′N 82°45′W / 7.91°N 82.75°W / 7.91; -82.75Coordinates: 7°55′N 82°45′W / 7.91°N 82.75°W / 7.91; -82.75 [1]
Type Strike-slip [2]
Areas affected Panama, Costa Rica
Max. intensity VII (Very strong) [3]
Aftershocks 6.0 Mw Aug 7 at 23:59 UTC [4]
Casualties 11–15 injured [2][3]

The 2002 Burica earthquake occurred on July 30 at 19:16:48 local time off the coast of Panama. It had a magnitude of Mw 6.5.[5] The epicenter was located off the southeastern coast of Burica Peninsula, close to the Costa Rica–Panama border. Some homes collapsed and at least 11 people were reported injured, both in Panama and in Costa Rica. The strongest intensity reached VII (Very strong) in Puerto Armuelles, Panama. It was felt with III (Weak) to IV (Light) around San Jose, Costa Rica. Shops in the center of Puerto Armuelles suffered from loss such as fallen merchandise and broken window glass. This earthquake occurred along the Panama Fracture Zone, which is a right lateral transform fault that marks the boundary between the Cocos Plate and the Nazca Plate.[6]

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