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Monday, November 24 2014 @ 01:29 AM EST

Concern Over Aftershocks in Panama

EarthquakesBy Elizabeth A. Garrido for La Prensa - The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) and the Institute of Geosciences (IGC) in Panama are on alert due to the strong aftershock at 11:10 pm last night, following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that shook the provinces of Panama, Colon and the Kuna Yala region last Saturday night. Arturo Alvarado, the Director of SINAPROC told RPC Radio this magnitude 5.9 aftershock was due to the movement of tectonic plates, and that the trend in these kinds of events is there is a likelihood of more aftershocks, but of intensity. Alvarado asked the public to "remain calm", especially because Panama does not have the high frequency of seismic activity in comparison with neighboring countries in Central America. Given the situation, he said said the IGC will continue to "monitor" the movement of tectonic plates. This is the third aftershock registered since the earthquake that happened at 1:49 am on July 4th along the Caribbean coast, 95 kilometers from Panama City. Two other aftershocks were recorded that day at 2:10 am (with a magnitude of 4.6) and 6:30 am (with a magnitude of 4.6). In fact, these events are also being studied by the United States Geological Service (USGS) which controls the National Center for Earthquake Information and is responsible for detecting the location and magnitude of earthquakes around the world. According to the USGS, the aftershock was magnitude 5.3 and was located in the Caribbean, at coordinates 9.54 North and 78.90 West.
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