Magnitude 6.8 earthquake off the coast of Panama


A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwestern Panama on Wednesday, causing no casualties or material damage, authorities said.
The Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama said the quake occurred at 16:15 (21:15 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Punta Burica, in the province of Chiriqui.
The institute determined the epicenter of the earthquake at a depth of 11 km above sea level.
For its part, the National Civil Protection System of Panama (Sinabroek) said in a tweet on its Twitter account that “our team continues to monitor the areas where the earthquake that occurred this afternoon was recorded. So far, no damages have been reported.”
Sinabrück also assured that there is no danger of a tsunami from the earthquake.
Earthquakes often occur in this region of the Pacific Ocean, near the border with Costa Rica.


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