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Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Panama but no initial reports of casualties

Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Panama but no initial reports of casualties

A magnitude 6.1 quake struck 29 miles (47 km) northwest of Panama's coastal city of David on Sunday near the country's border with Costa Rica, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Authorities in Panama said several homes were seriously damaged, causing two of them to collapse, and at least five people were treated for injuries.

He reported damage to homes and businesses in the Central American nation. A local police spokesperson said various buildings have been caused damaged but however, there were no preliminary reports of fatalities.

According to the USGS, the tremor occurred at a depth of about 12 miles (19km).

Puerto Armuelles port happens to be near the epicentre of the natural disaster.

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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. Video footage captured near David, Panama, showed supermarket shelves toppled by the quake, and products thrown to 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.

A 6.1-magnitude quake hit southeast Costa Rica in August 2018, causing some damage but no casualties.

According to Reuters news reports, there weren't any immediate reports of fatalities.