PANAMA CITY – A sturdy earthquake struck a lightly populated region of Panama close to its border with Costa Rica on Sunday, causing some wooden porches to collapse and items to shake from shop shelves.
Panamanian authorities stated at least two men and women had been injured in a village but gave no facts. Sigifredo Perez, head of operations for Costa Rica’s National Commission of Emergencies, stated no significant harm or injuries had been reported in his nation.
The U.S. Geological Survey stated the quake had a six.1 preliminary magnitude and was centred seven kilometres (4 miles) southeast of the town of Plaza de Caisan. The quake occurred at a depth of about 37 kilometres (22 miles).
Photos posted on social media showed straightforward wooden properties that partially collapsed in rural regions, deep fissures in tightly packed beach sand and complete grocery shop shelves that spilled containers of processed meals and bottled beverages on the floor.
“I was in the supermarket and every little thing swayed,” Carla Chavez stated by telephone from David, the capital of Panama’s Chiriqui province close to the quake’s epicenter. “Merchandise fell on the floor. All the things occurred so rapidly.”
Panama’s National Civil Protection Service stated by means of Twitter that walls cracked at a hospital and two supermarkets in Changuinola in Bocas del Toro province.
Northern Panama is often hit by earthquakes. In 1991, a magnitude 7.four quake killed 23 men and women and injured 500. A magnitude six.7 tremor in 2003 killed two men and women and broken hundreds of homes.
Related Press writer Juan Zamorano reported this story in Panama City and AP writer Javier Cordoba reported from San Jose, Costa Rica.