Costa Rica News – An earthquake that shook the border area between Panama and Costa Rica with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale, said the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) and the Institute of Geosciences of Panama.
There are no reported casualties or damage, although there were scenes of panic.
According to the SINAPROC, the tremor occurred at 10.41 local time (15.41 GMT), the director of the Institute of Geosciences, Eduardo Camacho, said the quake was centered four miles south of the town of Boquete, in the mountains of the western province of Chiriqui, bordering Costa Rica and 600 kilometers west of Panama City.
The shock originated 44.6 kilometers deep and lasted about 20 seconds, and was felt in David, capital of Chiriqui, bordering populations and the southern part of Costa Rica, according to the sources.
SINAPROC staff conducted a surveillance operation without receiving damage reports.
In contrast, the National Seismological Network of Costa Rica (RSN) said in a statement that the quake occurred at 09.28 Rican time (15.28 GMT) with a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale, in Panama 40 miles community southeast Brokers Costa Rican border with Panama, 31 kilometers deep by the subduction of the Nazca square.
The quake was felt in the south of Costa Rica and slightly in Central Valley portion of the country, where is located the capital San José.
This is the second strong earthquake that occurs in the area this weekend, the other one was of magnitude 4.5 recorded 16 kilometers southwest of the village of Waterford Panama
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