6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Panama and people are recommended to move away from the coasts

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific coast in Panama, reported the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake was so intense...

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  • A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific coast in Panama, reported the United States Geological Survey.
  • The earthquake was so intense that it was felt in San José, the capital of the neighboring country Costa Rica.
  • Authorities recommended moving away from the coasts.

This Wednesday afternoon, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific coast in Panama and was felt as far as Costa Rica, according to the Geological Survey of USA (USGS). Authorities recommend moving away from the coasts.

The epicenter of the earthquake was recorded 49 kilometers from Punta de Burica, on the Panamanian coast, and 10 km deep. The earthquake was so intense that it was felt in San José, the capital of the neighboring country Costa Rica, according to CNN.

6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Panama and they recommend moving away from the coasts

6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Panama and they recommend moving away from the coasts
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For its part, the Institute of Geosciences of the University of Panama (IGCPanamáUP) made an official report in which it classified the earthquake as one of magnitude 7.0, whose epicenter was registered at a depth of 11 kilometers and confirmed that it occurred at 4:15 p.m. pm (local time).

Panamanian and Costa Rican media They reported that the movement was quite strong and lasted for several minutes, which caused that fallen objects and slight damage were reported in places such as Alajuela, South Caribbean, Golfito and Laurel.

Get away from the shores

6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Panama and they recommend moving away from the coasts
Photo: Twitter

As soon as the earthquake occurred, the National Tsunami Monitoring System UNA-UCR of Costa Rica reported that they were collecting the necessary information to determine if there was any risk of a tsunami. Meanwhile they recommended moving away from the coasts.

“WE ARE COLLECTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE THAT YOU JUST FEELED. If you are on the coast and felt the earthquake very strong or very long, you should evacuate immediately. The tsunami may arrive before our report ”, reported via Twitter.

Earthquake shakes Panama, without risk of tsunami

6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Panama and they recommend moving away from the coasts
Photo: Twitter

After a few minutes of the intense earthquake, the authorities in both Panama and Costa Rica were able to rule out the risk of a tsunami. “After registering this seismic event, no Tsunami alert has been issued for Panama. The possible aftershocks generated by this seismic event will be monitored ”, announced the IGCPanamáUP.

The Costa Rican authorities also classified this earthquake as a 7.0 magnitude. “THERE IS NO TSUNAMI DANGER FOR COSTA RICA due to the Mw 7.0 earthquake that occurred near Punta Burica at 3:15 PM CR hour,” said the National Tsunami Monitoring System.

Replicas and more replicas, no damage

6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Panama and they recommend moving away from the coasts
Photo: Twitter

The Institute of Geosciences of the University of Panama continued to report through its Twitter account a series of aftershocks that have been felt on Panamanian soil, all of them around a magnitude of 4.0. YOU CAN SEE THE REAL-TIME EARTHQUAKE MAP HERE.

The National Civil Protection System “keeps monitoring the areas where the earthquake registered this afternoon was perceived. So far no damage has been reported ”, they indicated through a message on social networks.

What to do in the event of an earthquake?

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The Chilean Ministry of the Interior and Public Security released a guide for the prevention and information in case of earthquakes. These are the aspects that you should consider: Always have the safe areas of your home, school or work identified. In the event of an earthquake, stay away from furniture, lamps, and windows that could break.

Duck and cover. The most important thing is that you protect yourself. Stay inside your home. Take the stairs if you need to go outside. If you are on the street, stay away from buildings and power poles. Protect your head with your arms. If you are driving, stop the car in a safe place. Put on the flashing lights

Other suggestions in case of earthquake

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Other suggestions are: Do not walk barefoot, you could hurt yourself with a sharp object that has fallen to the ground. Use flashlights. Don’t light candles or use matches. If you are trapped, hit with an object to signal your position. It is not advisable to yell, on the contrary, cover your mouth and nose so that the dust does not affect you.

It is also important to have a emergency kit It contains: A list of emergency telephone numbers, primary medical assistance items, portable radio with batteries, flashlight with batteries and important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or deeds, as indicated by Civil Protection of Mexico.

What things should NOT be done?

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Elevators or elevators should not be used in the event of an earthquake. Do not use matches or lighters. To illuminate, use flashlights. Avoid running, yelling, or pushing others. Keep calm. Avoid staying near kitchens or places where there are power lines.

It is advisable to have the account of the official security organizations in your country on your social networks so that you stay informed. This way you get information from the right source and know what to do or where to go in the event of an unexpected situation. 6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Panama and they recommend moving away from the coasts.

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