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Strong 6.1 magnitude quake hits Panama

Strong 6.1 magnitude quake hits Panama”

A 6.1-magnitude natural disaster hit Panama on Sunday, injuring at least five people and causing damage to businesses and homes, officials said.

The US Geological Service said the quake struck about 7km southeast of Plaza de Caisan, at a depth of 37km. 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.

Five people were injured in the first quake, which hit 22 km from the town of Puerto Armuelles, said Sinaproc.

In a tweet, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela said some houses, buildings and shops were damaged due to the quake and that a woman was wounded in Puerto Armuelles port of Panama when the natural disaster caused her home's ceiling to cave in.

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. "Merchandise fell on the floor". A magnitude 6.7 tremor in 2003 killed two people and damaged hundreds of houses.

Panama's firefighting association said it had received reports of the ground shaking from residents in different regions of the country, according to Reuters.

The USGS later pinpointed the epicenter of the quake as a couple of miles north of Paso Canoas in Costa Rica, directly on the border with Panama.



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