Very powerful but luckily deep earthquake in Costa Rica

Downtown of San José, Costa Rica

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Earthquake Report comment :
On 10/9/2010 1:54:06 AM UTC (about 20:17h local time) an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred in the very highly populated region of Alajuela in Costa Rica.
As the hypocenter of the earthquake was at a depth of nearly 100 km, the impact was felt in a vary big area, but the impact will normally be limited.
The capital San Jose was only at 45 km from the epicenter.
Almost 3.3 million people do live in a radius of 100 km around the epicenter.
Maximum shaking in the epicenter area was Mercalli V = moderate shaking.
GDACS (see below) has issued immediately after the earthquake a GREEN earthquake report = very limited chance on damage or injuries.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.9
Friday, October 08, 2010 at 07:54:06 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 98 km
Geo-location(s) :
45 km (30 miles) NNW of SAN JOSE, Costa Rica
75 km (45 miles) ENE of Puntarenas, Costa Rica
105 km (65 miles) SE of San Carlos, Nicaragua

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

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