6.0 Earthquake, 90 Miles Northeast of Panama City
Saturday, July 04 2009 @ 07:52 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
These Are The "Good" Earthquakes: Although I generally hate all kinds of earthquakes (the ground simply is not supposed to move) these strong but non-destructive earthquakes are generally "good" in that they allow pent-up geological stresses to be released but without causing massive or widespread damage. As far as I'm concerned, we can have these kinds of earthquakes all the time as long as they don't bring any damage, injuries, deaths, or destruction with them. The real killers wait for 500 years or more then go off all of a sudden with a tremendously strong, massive, killer earthquake capable of snuffing out the lives of millions. For that exact reason there are places in the world where you could not pay me to live - like Seattle, Washington for example. These little shakers, while somewhat nervewracking, are almost a relief. No, I take that back. They are literally a relief - a minor release of the stress in the fault.
This shake chart comes from the geographical sensing station at Mount Denham, Jamaica.
- US Geological Survey (USGS) report on this event;
- Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) report on this event;
- Strong earthquake shakes Panama (AFP News Report)
- Panama earthquake strikes in middle of night from Breaking Tweets
Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.