Three Earthquakes Struck Chiriqui
Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 08:14 PM EDT
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These earthquakes were centered to the west and north of Puerto Armuelles and to the west and southeast of Coiba in the Chiriqui Gulf. There were no damages according to the Emergency Department from the SINAPROC.
According to the Geosciences Institute in the University of Panama, the first one measured 4.2 in the Richter scale and it struck Chiriqui at 5:13 p.m. on September 2, 32 kilometers to the west of Puerto Armuelles and 19.8 km deep.
The second earthquake measured 3.1 in the Richter scale and it was reported at 8:08 p.m. on September 2, 18 kilometers to the north of Puerto Armuelles and 10 km deep.
On September 3 at 7:46 there was another earthquake, this time it measured 4.1 in the Richter scale and it was centered 20 km to the west and southeast from Isla Coiba in the Chiriqui Gulf.
Abelardo Serrano Guerra, Director of Civil Protection in Chiriqui, said they sent staff from the institution to the site, to inspect the vulnerable areas; however, there have been no damages.
“The most important thing is to remain calm, and be prepared to know what to do in case of an earthquake,” said the official. (TVN)