82 F
West Palm Beach

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Shakes Northern Panama

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a 6.1 preliminary magnitude and was centered seven kilometers (four miles) southeast of the town of Plaza de Caisan. / Reporting JUAN ZAMORANO and JAVIER CORDOBA

Must Read

Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

In the age of coronavirus, local officials and NASA are split on whether that’s a good idea.

A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated area of Panama near its border with Costa Rica on Sunday, causing some wooden porches to collapse and products to shake from store shelves.

Panamanian authorities said at least two people had been injured in a village but gave no details. Sigifredo Perez, head of operations for Costa Rica’s National Commission of Emergencies, said no major damage or injuries had been reported in his country.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a 6.1 preliminary magnitude and was centered seven kilometers (four miles) southeast of the town of Plaza de Caisan. The quake occurred at a depth of about 37 kilometers (22 miles).

- Advertisement -

Images posted on social media showed simple wooden homes that partially collapsed in rural areas, deep fissures in tightly packed beach sand and entire grocery store shelves that spilled containers of processed food and bottled beverages on the floor.

“I was in the supermarket and everything swayed,” Carla Chavez said by phone from David, the capital of Panama’s Chiriqui province near the quake’s epicenter. “Merchandise fell on the floor. Everything happened so fast.”

Panama’s National Civil Protection Service said via Twitter that walls cracked at a hospital and two supermarkets in Changuinola in Bocas del Toro province.

Northern Panama is frequently hit by earthquakes. In 1991, a magnitude 7.4 quake killed 23 people and injured 500. A magnitude 6.7 tremor in 2003 killed two people and damaged hundreds of houses.

- Advertisement -

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Shakes Northern Panama

- Advertisement -

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Must-see video

#EarthDay2020Halt: 500 street artists execute a worldwide protest

Artists showcase their projects created in secret over the last sixth months in honor of Earth Day.

Podcast: "News Bits"

Listen to more podcats here

Trending now

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

More Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars combined.

Job losses continue to mount in US despite reopenings

Millions of Americans out of work despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country.

Florida unemployment rate triples in April to nearly 13%

Florida’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 12.9% in April from 4.3% in March and from 2.8% in February
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -