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Earthquake, Mid-May 2019

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Damage and injuries in 6.2 earthquake


Posted 12/05/2019

Businesses and homes were damaged and at least two people were injured by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked western Panama in the border with Costa Rica soon after 1 pm on Sunday, May 12. It was initially reported as 6.3 on the Richter  scale

The National Seismological Network said the quake occurred at 13.24 local time (19.24 GMT) with an epicenter one kilometer northeast of the town of La Cuesta.

Authorities indicated that the quake originated 24 kilometers deep and was reported as felt in most of the country but particularly in Chiriqui  Bocas del Toro and Cocle.

The map of the first reports made by users of the National Seismological Network indicates that the intensity in the Central Valley was between a III (weak) and IV (moderate) in the Mercalli Scale.

While in the area of the epicenter the tremor had an intensity between V (strong) and VI(very strong) in the Mercalli Scale.

Panama’s Civil Protection  body (Sinaproc) announced on its Twitter account that there is no tsunami warning and asked  the population to stay calm and follow official reports



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Second quake in Colon after Chiriqui homes destroyed


Posted 13/05/2019

A second earthquake this time of magnitude 5.4 was registered on  Sunday, May 12, this time in Colon, following the earlier 6.3 quake  in Chiriquiwhich affected 64 people, including adults and children and totally destroyed  8 homes.

 according to reports from the  Civil Protection System, (Sinaproc), the shock came soon after nine o'clock at night, with the epicenter at a depth of 10 kilometers and was located 43 kilometers from Nuevo Paraíso, in Colon.

The Joint Task Force reported that 43 adults and 19 minors were affected by the theearlier quake, whose epicenter was 22 kilometers from Puerto Armuelles.

The Social Security Fund assisted an adult over 98 years of age, a pregnant woman of 37 years and two children of 8 and 7 years old, who suffered injuries due to the earthquake. The National Aeronaval Service (Senan) carried out the transfer of a 17-year-old boy who suffered a fracture.

Eight houses were totally destroyed and five 5 were with partially damaged in the district of Barú where schools were closed on Monday.

Schools in the  Bocas del Toro and Chiriqui must take precautionary measures before children enter says a Ministry of Education press release.



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Baru isn't coming to life, at least not at present. The last known steam vents became inactive 7 or 8 years ago. It appears to  be getting really dead.

The USGS warns this can change.  I think it wants about a million years after an eruption to declare a volcano truly dormant, and it's been about 500 years since Baru last erupted. We apparently have a while to wait before we can truly know we're in no danger.

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