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12 May 2019 | 07:51 PM UTC

Panama: 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Chiriquí province May 12

Panama News Alert

6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes near Plaza de Caisán (Chiriquí province) May 12; aftershocks possible over coming hours and days

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/12/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Panama). COUNTRY/REGION Panama, Plaza de Caisán


A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck 7 km (4 mi) southeast of Plaza de Caisán (Chiriquí province) at a depth of 37 km (23 mi) at approximately 14:24 (local time) on Sunday, May 12. No casualties or material damages were immediately reported, although details are still emerging.

Aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours and days.  


Individuals in the affected area of Panama are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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