A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook homes in southwest Panama on Sunday close to the border with Costa Rica, damaging buildings and harming at any rate two individuals, however there were no prompt reports of fatalities, specialists said. The quake struck somewhere in the range of 4 miles southeast of Plaza de Caisán, Panama, at a profundity of around 12 miles, the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS) revealed.
Panamanian experts said there was no tsunami alert from the quake. Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela said on Twitter that a few shops and houses were harmed and that a lady was harmed in the Panamanian port of Puerto Armuelles when the tremor made the roof of her home collapse.
Puerto Armuelles is close to the epicenter of the quake. A local police representative said a few buildings were harmed, however there were no initial reports of fatalities.
Pictures posted via web-based networking media indicated basic wooden homes that somewhat collapsed in rural territories, deep fissures in tightly packed beach sand and whole supermarket retires 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 by means of Twitter that walls broke at a hospital and two grocery stores in Changuinola in Bocas del Toro region.
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. Local emergency services in Paso Canoas said they had no initial reports of harm or fatalities there.
Panama’s firefighting association said on Twitter it had gotten reports of the ground shaking from residents in various regions of the nation, and encouraged quiet.