Earthquake in Panama shakes Costa Rica and Central America.

Alarm in the west and center of Panama for a magnitude 7 earthquake The earthquake caused “a lot of fear” in the population of this western Panamanian region on the border with Costa Rica.

An earthquake of magnitude 7 on the open Richter scale, with its epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, shook Panama this Wednesday, causing alarm in populations in the west and center of the country but without reports of injuries or considerable damage.

The earthquake was recorded at 4.15pm local time (9.15pm GMT) with its epicenter in a sector of the Pacific at a depth of 11 kilometers, reported the Institute of Geosciences of the University (IGC) of Panama in a revised official report.

The IGC noted in its Twitter account that “after registering this seismic event, no Tsunami alert has been issued for Panama.

The possible aftershocks generated by this seismic event will be monitored ”. For its part, the United States Geological Survey (USGS, for its acronym in English), registered the earthquake with magnitude 6.7 with an epicenter 68 kilometers south of Punta Burica, on the Pacific coast of Panama, and with a depth of 19 kilometers.

The director of the National Civil Protection Service (Sinaproc) in the province of Chiriquí, Armado Palacio, affirmed that the earthquake caused “a lot of fear” in the population of this region of western Panama bordering Costa Rica.

“The movement was very strong, it was felt throughout the province, in the area of ​​the comarca, in sectors of Veraguas, and in part of the central provinces” Panamanian, said Palacio, adding that “slight effects” were reported to the structures of two provincial hospitals.

Last Saturday an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale was also reported 130 kilometers south of Punta Burica, on the Pacific coast of Panama, although it did not cause as much alarm as the one on Wednesday, which also shook strongly To Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican National Seismological Network (RSN) reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale, with an epicenter in Panamanian Pacific waters, 113 kilometers south of the Costa Rican town of Punta Burica, and originated 10 kilometers from depth.

Due to the earthquake, which occurred at 15:15 Costa Rican time (21:15 GMT), the National Emergency Commission (CNE) reported that it has reports of falling objects in towns on the southern Pacific coast and the Costa Rican Caribbean, bordering Panama, such as Golfito and Laurel, province of Puntarenas, as well as in communities of the province of Limón (Caribbean), and Alajuela (center).