M6.1 earthquake hits Panama and Costa Rica border

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the Panama-Costa Rica border region, home to more than 400,000 people on May 12, 2019.

M6.1 Panama earthquake strikes near border with Costa Rica on May 12 2019. Map via USGS

The quake struck on Sunday afternoon, and was initially reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and the US Geological Survey (USGS). 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.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake is considered a “strong” quake, and can cause extensive damage in populated areas. Only 100 such quakes happen worldwide every year.

Eyewitnesses told the EMSC that the quake was “very strong” and shook buildings. However, no significant damage has yet been reported.

The quake’s epicenter was 48km northwest of David, Panama’s second-largest city, and 201km southeast of San Jose, the Costa Rican capital.

The company Naturgy Panama reported that electric power was affected in Puerto Armuelles, San Bartolo, Agua Buena, Rio Mar and San Vicente.

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There is no report of victims and damages, but several users have reported very strong shakings during the M6.1 earthquake.

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