A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the Panama-Costa Rica border region, home to more than 400,000 people on May 12, 2019.
The quake struck on Sunday afternoon, and was initially reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and the US Geological Survey (USGS). The EMSC reported the quake as happening at a depth of 12km below the earth’s surface, while the USGS put the depth at 37 km.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake is considered a “strong” quake, and can cause extensive damage in populated areas. Only 100 such quakes happen worldwide every year.
Eyewitnesses told the EMSC that the quake was “very strong” and shook buildings. However, no significant damage has yet been reported.
El Sismo registrado en Panamá provocó la caída de mercancías en los supermercados. pic.twitter.com/VzRlnXWKu1— Raúl López (@raullopez27) May 12, 2019
The quake’s epicenter was 48km northwest of David, Panama’s second-largest city, and 201km southeast of San Jose, the Costa Rican capital.
Se activan los protocolos de emergencias, para este tipo de casos. Inicia el desalojo de pacientes de distintos hospitales de la provincia. pic.twitter.com/AVmr4KGN4B— Reten_Chiriqui (@RetenChiriqui) May 12, 2019
The company Naturgy Panama reported that electric power was affected in Puerto Armuelles, San Bartolo, Agua Buena, Rio Mar and San Vicente.
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There is no report of victims and damages, but several users have reported very strong shakings during the M6.1 earthquake.