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4.6 Earthquake Hit Panama / Costa Rica Border Region This Morning

EarthquakesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck the Panama / Costa Rica border region this morning. (more)

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Major 7.2 Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

EarthquakesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - This is just a heads-up. An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck 36km NNW of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico this morning. The event occurred at 14:27 UTC or 9:27 am local Panama time. The epicenter was located at 17.552°N 100.816°W at a depth of 24.0km (14.9mi). Nearby Cities: 36km (22mi) NNW of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico, 48km (30mi) E of Petatlan, Mexico, 56km (35mi) NW of Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico, 78km (48mi) E of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, 273km (170mi) SW of Mexico City, Mexico.

Copyright 2014 Panama-Guide.com.

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5.8 Earthquake in Panama Near Pedregal (Just Happened)

EarthquakesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck Panama at 11:13 am local Panama Time (16:13 zulu).

Location: The epicenter was located at 7.886°N 82.350°W and a depth of 27.9km (17.3mi)

Nearby Cities: 53km (33mi) S of Pedregal, Panama, 60km (37mi) S of David, Panama, 60km (37mi) S of Las Lomas, Panamam 71km (44mi) SE of Puerto Armuelles, Panama, 295km (183mi) SE of San Jose, Costa Rica.

This strong earthquake lasted at least 50 seconds, and was felt by practically everyone in the region.

Copyright 2014 Panama-Guide.com.

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FLASH - 8.0 Earthquake in Chile - Tsunami Watch In Effect For Panama

EarthquakesEditor's Comment: Right now the DTG is 020030Z APR 14. Meaning, it's currently 2 April, 0030Z. The tsunami wave is expected to reach Panama in about four hours.

000
WEPA40 PHEB 020014
TSUPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0014Z 02 APR 2014

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

CHILE / PERU / ECUADOR

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

COLOMBIA / PANAMA / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2347Z 01 APR 2014
COORDINATES - 19.8 SOUTH 70.8 WEST
DEPTH - 10 KM
LOCATION - NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
MAGNITUDE - 8.0

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- -----
PISAGUA CL 19.6S 70.2W 2352Z 1.92M / 6.3FT 44MIN
IQUIQUE CL 20.2S 70.1W 2351Z 1.70M / 5.6FT 56MIN

LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND
COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE
EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
-------------------------------- ------------ ------------
CHILE IQUIQUE 20.2S 289.9E 0002Z 02 APR
ARICA 18.5S 289.7E 0011Z 02 APR
ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 289.6E 0017Z 02 APR
CALDERA 27.1S 289.2E 0046Z 02 APR
COQUIMBO 29.9S 288.6E 0111Z 02 APR
VALPARAISO 33.0S 288.4E 0135Z 02 APR
TALCAHUANO 36.7S 286.9E 0219Z 02 APR
CORRAL 39.8S 286.5E 0251Z 02 APR
GOLFO_DE_PENAS 47.1S 285.1E 0403Z 02 APR
EASTER_ISLAND 27.1S 250.6E 0532Z 02 APR
PUERTO_MONTT 41.5S 287.0E 0546Z 02 APR
PERU MOLLENDO 17.1S 288.0E 0021Z 02 APR
SAN_JUAN 15.3S 284.8E 0039Z 02 APR
LA_PUNTA 12.1S 282.8E 0131Z 02 APR
TALARA 4.6S 278.5E 0218Z 02 APR
CHIMBOTE 9.0S 281.2E 0225Z 02 APR
PIMENTAL 6.9S 280.0E 0250Z 02 APR
ECUADOR LA_LIBERTAD 2.2S 278.8E 0239Z 02 APR
ESMERELDAS 1.2N 280.2E 0327Z 02 APR
BALTRA_ISLAND 0.5S 269.7E 0429Z 02 APR
COLOMBIA TUMACO 1.8N 281.1E 0346Z 02 APR
BAHIA_SOLANO 6.3N 282.6E 0417Z 02 APR
BUENAVENTURA 3.8N 282.8E 0433Z 02 APR
PANAMA PUERTO_PINA 7.4N 282.0E 0427Z 02 APR
PUNTA_MALA 7.5N 280.0E 0429Z 02 APR
PUNTA_BURICA 8.0N 277.1E 0441Z 02 APR
COSTA RICA CABO_MATAPALO 8.4N 276.7E 0441Z 02 APR
PUERTO_QUEPOS 9.4N 275.8E 0514Z 02 APR
CABO_SAN_ELENA 10.9N 274.0E 0531Z 02 APR
NICARAGUA SAN_JUAN_DL_SUR 11.2N 274.1E 0557Z 02 APR
PUERTO_SANDINO 12.2N 273.2E 0609Z 02 APR
CORINTO 12.5N 272.8E 0609Z 02 APR

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE.

THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

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Two Earthquakes Of 4,5 And 4,6 Magnitude Were Reported In Chiriqui

EarthquakesTwo earthquakes 4,5 and 4,6 in the Richter scale struck Chiriqui on Monday, without producing any casualties or material damage, said the National System of Civil Protection of Panama (Sinaproc).

The 4,5 earthquake was recorded to the west of Volcán, in the highlands, and the second to the south of Puerto Armuelles, right by the border with Costa Rica, said Abelardo Serrano, from the Sinaproc, without specifying the time or the epicenters.

Serrano said the earthquakes were registered in the afternoon and there were no casualties or injured, nor material damage. (Panama America)

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A Great Magnitude Earthquake Might Be Recorded In Chiriqui

Earthquakes

The Institute of Geosciences of the University of Panama reported on the possibility of a great magnitude earthquake to be recorded in Chiriqui.

The information was disclosed by the director of the institute, Eduardo Camacho, who said this could be due to the number of seismic movements recorded so far this year in this province.

Camacho said it's possible a strong earthquake to be registered in the future because Chiriqui is a highly seismic zone.

He further emphasized many buildings in the province do not meet modern standards of earthquake-resistant construction, this buildings are vulnerable to a natural event of this nature.(TVN)

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Another Earthquake Recorded In Chiriqui

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Yesterday, Monday September 23rd, an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale occurred at 10:41pm, with it's epicenter near the community of San Valentin in the District of Baru, province of Chiriqui.

According to data from the U.S. Geological Survey, the seismic event was located at 25 kilometers deep, 2 km south of La Esperanza in the District of Baru.

The SINAPROC stated there's always seismic recordings in Chiriqui and adviced it's habitants to be prepared for this threat.

173 earthquakes have been recorded in the country, 130 of these belong to the province of Chiriqui.(TVN)

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Three Earthquakes Struck Chiriqui

EarthquakesThree earthquakes struck Chiriqui once again, of 4.2, 3.1 and 4.1 magnitude, between the afternoon and night of September 2, and Tuesday morning.

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)

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Three More Earthquakes In Chiriqui

EarthquakesThree new earthquakes, from magnitudes 2.4 to 4.5, rocked the western area of Chiriqui on Thursday night and Friday morning.

There were no reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake, it only caused fear among the people in Barú, Bugaba, Alanje y David.

The magnitude 2.4, 2.5 and 2.8 earthquakes were strongly felt in Puerto Armuelles and the banana plantations in Barú, according to the SINAPROC and the Fire Department of Chiriqui.

For the past six days there have been 10 earthquakes in Chiriqui, most of them centered in the Pacific to the west of Chiriqui and the highlands of Bugaba.

Abelardo Serrano, director of the SINAPROC in Chiriqui, requested the community to have emergency plans and be prepared for any event of a greater magnitude.

“We must remember this is a highly seismic region and we must have plans to be prepared before, during and after an earthquake,” said the official. (TVN)

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Four Earthquakes Were Recorded In Chiriqui

EarthquakesFour earthquakes were recorded in Chiriqui in less than 32 hours, causing panic among the population in the province after feeling these movements.

According to Dr. Eduardo Camacho from the Geosciences Institute in the University of Panama (IGUP), the first earthquake was recorded at 1:42 a.m. on August 27, to the west of Coiba island in the Gulf of Chiriqui.

The second event, of 4.7 magnitude in the Richter scale, was recorded to the northeast of Volcan in the highlands of Chiriqui.

Then, at 9:28 p.m. another 4. 7 earthquake was felt to the southeast of Coiba, and finally at 7:07 a.m. on August 28 another 3.9 Richter magnitude earthquake was felt.

Abelardo Serrano Guerra, director of Civil Protection in Chiriqui, said no damages have been reported after these earthquakes were registered in the province.

“The most important thing is to remain calm, and be prepared to know what to do when any of these movements take place,” said Guerra. Serrano explained they are training schools on prevention plans, as well as homes so they can organize an evacuation plan to know where to go and what to do when these type of events take place. (Siglo)

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Two Earthquakes Were Felt In Panama

EarthquakesTwo earthquakes of 5.1 and 6.1 in the Richter scale were recorded to the southeast of Los Santos.

The earthquake was recorded 10 kilometers deep in the sea close to Azuero, according to the information provided by Geo-sciences; there are no reports of losses so far.

It is reported that this earthquake was felt around Los Santos, Las Tablas, Natá, Costa del Este, Arraiján, Aguadulce, Chitré, La Chorrera, the city, among others.

Arturo Alvarado, director of the National System of Civil Protection (Sinaproc), said they managed to find out about the event thanks to the new seismographs given to them by the President, Ricardo Martinelli. (Panama America)

Journalist's comment: Through the webpage http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ we could see that the earthquake was recorded in Mutis, Colombia, at 10:43 a.m. It was felt in many areas of the city and also other provinces in the country.

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5.8 Quake Struck Darien

EarthquakesA 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeast Darien at 2:50 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the report from the Institute of Geosciences from the University of Panama.

Oreste Escudero, from the National Protection Civil System (Sinaproc), informed the earthquake was not felt by the citizens in the area. (Panama America)

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4.5 Earthquake South of Panama This Morning

EarthquakesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale struck South of Panama this morning.

Date time: 2013-07-01 at 10:34:34.2 UTC (5:34 am local Panama Time).

Location: 7.52 N ; 82.04 W (Just West of Coiba island).

Depth 10 km

Distances; 321 km SW of Panamá City, 109 km SE of David, Panama, 86 km S of San Félix, Panama.

Copyright 2013 Panama-Guide.com.

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4.7 Earthquake Was Felt In Isla Coiba

EarthquakesToday, Monday, June 24, an earthquake was recorded to the west-northwest of Isla Coiba of 4.7 magnitude in the Richter scale and its epicenter was 10 km deep, said the director of the Institute of Geosciences of the University of Panama (UP), Eduardo Camacho.

The earthquake was felt to the south of Veraguas and the east of Chiriqui, with no damages, however, it is considered as a moderate earthquake.

This is not the first earthquake, because since last Saturday, June 22, over 10 earthquakes have been felt over the magnitude of 4 in the Richter scale, according to Camacho.

About the matter, Camacho asked the citizens to remain calm because this type of earthquakes do not cause damage. (Panama America)

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Earthquake Scared People in Chiriqui

EarthquakesAn earthquake of 5.2 degrees on the Richter scale was recorded at 7:04 a.m. in the morning, at 39 kilometers to the west of Coiba Island in the Gulf of Chiriqui.

The director of the Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) in the province of Chiriqui, Abelardo Serrano, said the earthquake was felt throughout the region of Chiriqui, without any reported victims or damage. (more)

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A 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shook Chiriqui

EarthquakesAn earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter scale was recorded at 12:56 p.m. today, with epicenter to the south of Punta Burica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake originated at a depth of 9 km, 331 km away from Puerto Armuelles, at 347 km from the city of David in Chiriqui.

After the earthquake was recorded, the National System of Civil Protection (SINAPROC) conducted an assessment and reported no damage in the province of Chiriqui. (Panama America)

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Earthquake Alarms Residents Of Bocas Del Toro

EarthquakesA wooden house collapsed in Barrio Francés, in Almirante, Bocas del Toro, after the two earthquakes which were recorded early Monday morning.

Fermín Brown, 57 year old, was at the residence at the time of the occurrence, who said during the first quake, he awoke and two minutes two minutes later, he heard the crack of the house and then it collapsed completely.

These effects occurred after the occurrence of the earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.7 degrees on the Richter scale yesterday in the early morning hours, causing panic among the residents of Bocas del Toro.

The quake, which was felt in Chiriquí, Coclé and Veraguas, and in the villages adjacent to the border with Costa Rica, alarmed the inhabitants who were waking up.

Reports from the Institute of Geosciences of the University of Panama (UP), the first quake was reported at 4:41 am., 39 kilometers to the west of the bocatorian region, near the community of El Silencio, while the second quake occurred at 4:57 am. (Siglo)

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Seven Earthquakes Were Registered In Bocas Del Toro

EarthquakesOn his twitter account, the director of the National System of Civil Protection (NSCP), Arturo Alvarado, said after the earthquake which occurred this morning, in the province of Bocas del Toro, have also registered seven replicates from three to four degrees.

Following the message on twitter, Alvarado said the aftershocks are normal, so it poses no danger to people.

This information was provided by the Institute of Geosciences of the University of Panama. (Dia A Dia)

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Short and strong

EarthquakesEarthquake Felt in Bocas. A very strong, but short earthquake, hit Bocas del Toro, Isla Colon Monday, shortly before 5 AM, rattling doors and windows. No technical info available.
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4.5 Earthquake Near Jaque

EarthquakesField report, posted using tablet...

M4.5 - PANAMA

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude4.5

Date-Time

28 Apr 2013 15:40:16 UTC
28 Apr 2013 10:40:16 near epicenter
28 Apr 2013 09:40:16 standard time in your timezone
Location7.341N 78.228W
Depth39 km
Distances
20 km (12 mi) SSW of Jaque, Panama
174 km (107 mi) WSW of Chigorodo, Colombia
179 km (110 mi) WSW of Carepa, Colombia
185 km (114 mi) WSW of Turbo, Colombia
231 km (143 mi) SE of Panama, Panama
Location Uncertainty
Horizontal: 23.2 km; Vertical 12.8 km
Parameters
Nph = 40; Dmin = 268.3 km;
Rmss = 1.45 seconds; Gp = 57°Version = 6
Event IDus b000gh2q
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: 
Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/
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6 Earthquakes In Chiriquí In Less Than 48 Hours

EarthquakesIn the last 48 hours there have been six earthquakes in the province of Chiriquí, according to reports from the Institute of Geo-sciences of the University of Panama, as well as the Civil Protection System (NSCP).

The last earthquake was recorded yesterday, Monday 22 April 2013, at 9 am with a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was recorded south of Puerto Armuelles in the district of Barú.

Two other earthquakes were recorded today, one at 1:59 am, with a magnitude of 3.8 and another at 3:42 am, of 3.0 on the Richter scale with its epicenter both southeast of Puerto Armuelles.

While the previous three were recorded on Saturday at 2:56 am, the first of 3.1, the second 3.7 and the third of 3.5 on the Richter scale.

The director of Civil Protection System, Abelardo Serrano notes that no residents of the area were reported hurt as a result of these earthquakes. (Dia A Dia)

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An Earthquake Was Recorded In Chiriquí This Morning

EarthquakesAn earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale was recorded today, Friday, 12 April 2013, at 5:30 am. This occurred in Chiriquí, Panama, said the Civil Protection System.

Abelardo Serrano, director of SINAPROC, said no damage was done and no casualties were reported as a result of this earthquake.

However, the residents of Chiriquí did get alarmed, since this earthquake was felt throughout the whole province.

The SINAPROC warns people to take preventive measures once this earthquake occurred, to prevent the loss of lives. (Panama America)

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Another Earthquake In Chiriquí

EarthquakesYesterday, at 4:26 am, there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale within 53 kilometers southwest of Puerto Armuelles, in the bay of Costa Rica, according to the Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama.

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April there have been five earthquakes in Puerto Armuelles.

Arturo Alvarado, director of the National System of Civil Protection (Sinaproc) recommended that people stay calm, and companies to reach the area to work on evacuation plans and the schools to look for secure areas.

There have been 43 earthquakes reported in Chiriquí. (Siglo)

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Too Many Earthquakes

EarthquakesThree earthquakes were recorded yesterday morning, in the province of Chiriquí, these have caused alarm in the population.

The first one was a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale and it was recorded at about 10:32 am, while a second quake of 4.9 occurred at 10:37 am, both with epicenters northwest and east of Puerto Armuelles, with depths of 10 and 20 kilometers.

The province was worrying up until about 12:01 pm, as another tremor of 4.0 with an epicenter of 12 kilometers northwest of Puerto Armuelles, again shaking in western Chiriqui.

Once the earthquakes were recorded, the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) began monitoring in David, Bugaba, Renacimiento and Volcán, without registering damage or victims that were hurt.

It is recognized that so far this year, 44 earthquakes have been reported throughout the country, 40 of which belong to the province of Chiriquí. (Dia A Dia)

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Earthquake 5.1 South of Panama Last Night

EarthquakesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck South of Panama last night.

The earthquake hit at 10:46 pm local time, and the epicenter was located at 7.552N 82.791W and a depth of 7 km.

Distances: 53 km (32 mi) S of Punta de Burica, Panama, 81 km (50 mi) S of Puerto Armuelles, Panama, 98 km (60 mi) SSW of Pedregal, Panama, 104 km (64 mi) SSW of David, Panama, 299 km (185 mi) SSE of San Jose, Costa Rica.

Event ID: us b000fkpv

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4.4 Earthquake Struck Chiriqui This Morning

EarthquakesAn earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter scale struck Chiriqui this morning, as reported by the Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).

Several Twitter users reported that it was strong, but lasted only a few seconds. The earthquake had a depth of 5 kilometers.

According to OVSICORI the quake struck at 8:41 local time this morning in Panama.

The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) said the quake was 4.3 on the Richter scale, and the epicenter was located in the mountains of Boquete. It was felt in David and Dolega.

Several schools ordered the evacuation of students as a precaution. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: This earthquake has not yet been reported by the US Geological Survey. These little 4.x earthquakes are "good" in that they don't cause any damage, and allow the shifting plates to relieve stress over time. The ones to worry about are the 9.x earthquakes that only go off once every 500 years or so. These little shakers are very common in Chiriqui.

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4.6 Earthquake Last Night South of Panama

EarthquakesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck South of Panama last night.

The epicenter was located at coordinates 6.130°N 82.625°W and at a depth of 10.2km (6.3mi).

The event occurred on Thursday, 28 February 2013 at 23:11 pm local time. Distances: 212km (132mi) S of Punta de Burica, Panama, 239km (149mi) S of Puerto Armuelles, Panama, 248km (154mi) S of Pedregal, Panama, 254km (158mi) S of David, Panama, 450km (280mi) SSE of San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Earthquake Rattles Chiriqui

EarthquakesAn earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale rocked the highlands of the Chiriqui province, causing no casualties or damage, reported the Institute of Geosciences (IGC).

The quake was recorded at 10:44 local time (15.44 GMT) with a depth of 9 kilometers and an epicenter located 14 kilometers east of the community of Volcan and close to Boquete, in the Chiriqui highlands, said a statement from the IGC of the University of Panama.

This earthquake was felt by the population of that region and there were no reported casualties or damage.

On 17 November, three earthquakes, two of magnitudes 4.2 and one of 4.5 in the Richter scale, rocked western Panama, Chiriqui, causing no affectations. (TVN)

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SINAPROC Preparing Chiriqui For Threat Of Earthquakes

EarthquakesAbelardo Serrano, the Regional Director of the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) in the province of Chiriqui, said they are working to prepare the public for the possibility of any earthquake, and they said the main thing is to remain calm.

Serrano said on the channel 2 TVN morning news that the people population in Chiriqui has to learn to live with the threat of earthquakes, and for this they should prepare themselves beforehand, during and after the event, because 26 of the 50 earthquakes that have occurred in Panama have happened in province.

Although SINAPROC recognizes that they are not 100% prepared, Serrano said they have worked hard in the schools, and soon they will receive a seismograph, an instrument developed to measure earthquakes or tremors caused by the lifting and shifting of the tectonic plates on earth.

On Saturday, three earthquakes, two of them of magnitude 4.2 and another of 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the western province of Chiriqui.

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Three Earthquakes Hit Western Panama Today

EarthquakesThree earthquakes, two of them of magnitude 4.2 and another of 4.5 on the Richter scale today shook western Panama, causing no casualties or damage, officials said.

The Institute of Geosciences, of the State University of Panama said on its website that the first quake, of magnitude 4.2, occurred at 8:32 am local time (13:32 GMT) in the highlands of the province of Chiriqui, bordering Costa Rica.

The quake had a depth of 10 kilometers and its epicenter was located in the region of Volcan.

The second earthquake, of magnitude 4.5, occurred at 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT) and had a depth of 10 kilometers and was centered near Punta Burica Lemons, also in the province of Chiriquí.

The third quake was recorded at 15:03 local time (20:03 GMT), had a depth of 3 kilometers and its epicenter was located in Punta Burica.

The director general of the National System of Civil Protection (NSCP), Arturo Alvarado, told local media that the two earthquakes did not cause any kind of disruption. (Panama America)

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