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Wednesday, April 24 2019 @ 08:27 PM UTC

Panama, Costa Rica Shaken by Magnitude-6 Earthquake, USGS Says

Earthquakes May 1 (Bloomberg) -- A magnitude-6 earthquake struck early today along the border of Panama and Costa Rica, the U.S. Geological Service said on its Web site. The quake didn't prompt any tsunami alert by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The epicenter was 40 kilometers (24 miles) west-southwest of the town of David in Panama and 60 kilometers south-southeast of Golfito in Costa Rica, the USGS said. The quake struck 40 kilometers below the surface, at 2:48 a.m. local time. David has a population of 77,000 and Golfito 10,000, the USGS said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which was classified as ``strong'' by the USGS. The Central American countries are in a region where the Cocos and Caribbean plates meet and rub against each other. This earthquake was very close to the location of the last four earthquakes, almost in the exact same place and depth, and with a similar release of energy. I guess it's a good thing that the plates in the area are releasing energy continually over time, rather than letting it built up for 500 years and letting go all in one shot. Again, no damage or injuries reported as a result of this quake.

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