Earthquakes: Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala Affected


Yesterday (Saturday), throughout the day, earthquakes shook through Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala. EFE reports:

Panama and Costa Rica were shaken Saturday by magnitude-5, 4 and 6 earthquakes, while Guatemala had a magnitude-4.7 temblor with its epicenter in Mexico. No victims were reported nor any serious material damage.

In Panama, a magnitude-6.4 quake at 12:21 p.m. local time hit the western part of the country and was felt powerfully in Chiriqui province on the Costa Rican border, the National Geosciences Institute at the University of Panama reported. The temblor occurred in the Pacific Ocean at 38 kilometers (24 miles) southeast of the city of Puerto Armuelles, located some 550 kilometers (342 miles) from the Panamanian capital, according to the Geosciences Institute.

The Sinaproc emergency management service said that no fatalities nor injured have been reported, and on its Twitter account noted that preliminary reports “indicate that no buildings have collapsed” in Chiriqui, though the situation is still being checked. Local online media posted a photo showing products on the floor that had fallen from supermarket shelves in Chiriqui province, while local television showed the front of a building in David with minor damage.

Costa Rica at 11:21 a.m. suffered a magnitude-6 quake with its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of the Laurel community in Puntarenas province near the Panamanian border, the National Seismological Network, or RSN, said. The earthquake was felt strongly on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, in the southern part of the country and in the Panamanian towns of Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui, and with less force in San Jose, the Costa Rican capital, the RSN said.

Costa Rican authorities reported no material damage nor people affected as a result of the quake.

Guatemala was shaken Saturday by a magnitude-4.7 quake with its epicenter in southern Mexico, with no victims or material damage reported, the Conred emergency management service reported. Conred said that the epicenter of the temblor was in southern Mexico, some 68 kilometers (42 miles) west of the border with Guatemala at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), and that no victims or material damage has been reported as a result of it.

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