A 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in southwest Panama on Sunday near the border with Costa Rica, some 4 miles southeast of Plaza de Caisán, at a depth of about 12 miles, at 8.24pm BST.
“It last for a while. The mirrors, chandeliers, and other things continued swaying for about 30 seconds,” a resident said. Buildings in the area including some shops were damaged and at least two people were injured. Two of the damaged homes collapsed, There were no immediate reports of fatalities, authorities said. Panamanian authorities said there was no tsunami alert from the quake. Images posted on social media showed simple wooden homes that partially collapsed in rural areas. Puerto Armuelles is near the epicenter of the quake. Panama's National Civil Protection Service said on Twitter that walls cracked at a hospital and two supermarkets in Changuinola in Bocas del Toro province.
President Juan Carlos Varela had a reaction on Twitter after quake. Sigifredo Perez, head of operations for Costa Rica's National Commission of Emergencies, said no major damage or injuries had been reported in the country. "Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and informal (metal, timber, GI etc.) construction. the USGS said.