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New, Stronger Earthquake Near Panama - Costa Rica Border

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Now receiving information that another earthquake just hit the area near the Panama - Costa Rica border that was even stronger than the three earthquakes that struck at around noon today. There were three smaller earthquakes, one 5.7, one 6.0 and a third, but according to reports the one that just hit minutes ago was even stronger than the first three. Reports from the airport in Changuinola say that the people who were there in the terminal building ran outside because they were afraid that the building was going to fall down (it didn't.) Technical details when they become available. If you felt it please email your experiences to don@panama-guide.com. Thanks.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Panama - Costa Rica Border

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to the United States Geological Survey, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter Scale struck the area of Golfito in Costa Rica at 12:24 pm local time today, 11 March 2009. Paul Foguth, who lives in Tisingal, just a short distance from the border with Costa Rica in Panama, said "we felt the earthquake here in Volcan - it was over by Golfito in Costa Rica." The earthquake's center was located at geo coordinates 8.569°N, 83.278°W at a depth of 10 kilometers, placing it 15 km (10 miles) WSW of Golfito, Costa Rica, 95 km (60 miles) W of David, Panama, 140 km (90 miles) SW of Bocas del Toro, Panama, 175 km (110 miles) SSE of SAN JOSE, Costa Rica. Earthquakes are common in the border area between Panama and Costa Rica. Most of the activity is exactly like this event - strong enough to feel but small enough to not cause any significant damage or loss of life.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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6.3 Quake Shakes Western Panama near CR Border

EarthquakesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - Panama's National Civil Defense System (SINAPROC) reported today an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale shook the border region between Panama and Costa Rica at 1:10 am this morning. According to reports from the Seismological Network of the Geo Sciences Institute of the University of Panama, this earthquake was centered at coordinates 8.35 degrees North, 83.0 degrees West, and at a depth of 10 kilometers. The movement was felt strongest in the western most parts of the Republic of Panama, specifically in David, Puerto Armuelles, Bugaba, Boquerón, and the highlands. In Costa Rica it was strongly felt in the southern zone, the central valley, Turrialba, Siquirres and Sarapiquí. Preliminary reports coming in from the SINAPROC offices in Chiriquí indicate that at least 18 houses were affected with cracks in the walls, and one house was destroyed in Barú. (Received via email: "The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey would like you to report your experience with the earthquake on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (18/19 November 2008). Here is the link to do so: usgs.gov. For those in Volcan area, our city is not listed in the choices offered. I used the nearest which was Rio Sereno and asked them to update their choices. They take each of our reports and prepare a digital profile of each report so that the results can be aggregated for the event. Richard."

Copyright 2008, by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com.

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4.6 Earthquake at 12:31 am This Morning in Colon

EarthquakesLa Critica - An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was felt in the early morning hours throughout the provinces of Colón and Panama. According to a report from the Instituto de Geociencias (Geo Sciences Institute) of the University of Panama the quake hit at 12:31 am and was felt in the provinces of Colón and Panamá. The quake was centered five kilometers underground and caused no injuries or damage.
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5.0 Earthquake This Morning Near Panama - Costa Rica Border

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale shook the area near the border between Panama and Costa Rica at 6:04 am local time. The earthquake was centered at 8.394°N, 82.822°W or 45 km (25 miles) W of David, Panama, 45 km (30 miles) SE of Golfito, Costa Rica, 120 km (75 miles) SSW of Bocas del Toro, Panama, 370 km (230 miles) W of PANAMA CITY, Panama. Normally a 5.0 quake is easily felt by those living close to the epicenter, but little or no damage is done. These "little" earthquakes are generally considered to be a good thing, in that they represent a release of built up pressure and tension between neighboring tectonic plates.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Isthmus Of Panama Formed As Result Of Plate Tectonics, Study Finds

Earthquakes ScienceDaily (July 29, 2008) — Contrary to previous evidence, a new University of Florida study shows the Isthmus of Panama was most likely formed by a Central American Peninsula colliding slowly with the South American continent through tectonic plate movement over millions of years. The study, co-authored by Florida Museum of Natural History researchers Michael Kirby, Douglas Jones and Bruce MacFadden, is published in the July 30 issue of PLoS ONE, the online journal of the Public Library of Science. The study uses geologic, chemical and biologic methods to date rocks and fossils found in sides of the Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal. The results show that instead of being formed by rising and subsiding ocean levels or existing as a string of islands as scientists previously believed, the Isthmus of Panama was first a peninsula of southern Central America before the underlying tectonic plates merged it with South America 4 million years ago. (more)
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6.8 Earthquake Strikes Japan - No Pacific-Wide Tsunami Threat

EarthquakesTSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1, NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI, 538 AM HST WED JUL 23 2008, TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII, SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION, THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 0526 AM HST 23 JUL 2008 COORDINATES - 39.7 NORTH 141.7 EAST LOCATION - EASTERN HONSHU JAPAN MAGNITUDE - 6.8 MOMENT EVALUATION - BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.
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Earthquakes strike Panama, Costa Rica

EarthquakesPANAMA CITY, June 17 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake of 5.8 degrees on the Richter scale struck Tuesday the south west zone of Panama, while other seism was registered on the same day in Costa Rica. Panamanian earthquake occurred at 11:42 a.m. local time (1742 GMT) with the epicenter about 376 kilometers south from the city of David in the province of Chiriqui, some 556 kilometers far from Panama City, the United Sates Geologic Institute said. The earthquake had a deepness of 10 kilometers, according to the report. Meanwhile, the Volcanologist and Seismology Observatory (Ovsicori) of Costa Rica reported an earthquake of 5.3 degrees on the Richter scale in the South of Costa Rica, near the border with Panama at 11:42 a.m. local time (1742 GMT).
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Earthquake Measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale Yesterday near Puerto Armuelles

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook the western part of Panama at 10:01 am yesterday morning according to a press release from the Panamanian National Civil Defense System (SINAPROC). According to reports from the Seismological Network of the Geo Sciences Institute of the University of Panama, the epicenter of the quake was located at 8.4 degrees North latitude and 83 degrees West longitude at a depth of 5 kilometers. The earthquake, located 24 kilometers Northwest of Puerto Armuelles, was felt in the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro as well as in Southwest Costa Rica. As of yesterday morning as many as ten aftershocks had been recorded, the greatest of which was 4.9 on the Richter scale occurring at 10:15 am. There was also some reports of damage to schools and other public buildings. Structural damage reported in the schools at Río Mar and Los Ángeles, located in the district of Barú, prompted the evacuation of the children.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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"Swarms" of Earthquakes - Volcano in Chile

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There have been significant increases in movements of the earth's crust all along the Pacific "ring of fire." I saw another report this morning talking about "swarms" of minor earthquakes near Reno, Nevada. The Chaiten volcano in Chile is going full blast. On Friday, 2 May 2008, there was a 6.6 earthquake near the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. With all of this activity along the Pacific ring of fire, Panama might eventually be affected. (more)

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Colombian volcano erupts; thousands flee

EarthquakesBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities are evacuating thousands of people after a volcano in Colombia erupted in a shower of hot ash. The remote volcan, 150 miles southwest of Bogota, erupted shortly before midnight Monday and appeared less active at daybreak. The extent of the eruption was not clear, but even minor eruptions could cause landslides and flooding by melting the snow and ice cap atop the 17,484-foot volcano, and authorities maintained a red alert for settlements near the volcano. About 3,500 people were leaving or being evacuated from the villages of Belalcazar and Paez, which are susceptible to flooding of the Rio Paez, said Carlos Marquez, national director the Red Cross, on radio Caracol. Cesar Lopez, director of geologic services at the Colombian Institute of Geology and Mining, said that the volcano "is now more calm, but we will have to analyze whether to maintain the red alert." Eruptions last year at the Nevado del Huila were its first on record since the mid-16th century. The Nevado del Huila, which is topped with a crown of ice, is Colombia's third-highest peak. The latest eruption was preceded by seismic rumblings starting on April 8. In 1985, the town of Armero was wiped off the map and 25,000 people were killed when another volcano, the Nevado del Ruiz, exploded and set off a series of mudslides. It was Colombia's worst natural disaster.
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USGS and USAID Announce U.S.-Panamanian Action in Response to a Joint Study of Panama’s Baru Volcano

Earthquakes US Geological Survey - A network of seismic instruments has been placed around Panama's Baru Volcano to help detect an eruption and mitigate danger to surrounding communities. The Panamanian government funded the instrumentation, completed by the University of Panama's Department of Geosciences, in swift response to a Joint Study of Panama's Baru Volcano, which revealed that it is a potentially active volcano that has the possibility to erupt again. No unusual activity has taken place at Baru Volcano since 2006, when an earthquake swarm occurred beneath the volcano, which had been slumbering for more than 400 years. (more)
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4.8 Earthquake Last Night South of Panama

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - At about 10:00 pm last night we felt a solid "bump" in the apartment. It wasn't much of an earthquake but there was no doubt that something had gone off and everyone felt it - the whole building moved. I went to the USGS Earthquake sites and there was nothing. I even filed one of those "did you feel it" reports. Then, last night at 2:36 in the morning there was this 4.8 earthquake South of Panama near Colombia. Again, the little ones are the good ones, that allow for stress and built up energy to be released in little bursts, and hopefully that means we're avoiding the "big one." I've been in a lot of earthquakes, and I simply don't like them, big or small.

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Volcán Barú: Eruptive History and Volcano-Hazards Assessment

Earthquakes By David R. Sherrod, James W. Vallance, Arkin Tapia Espinoza, and John P. McGeehin for the U.S. Geological Survey - Volcán Barú is a potentially active volcano in western Panamá, about 35 km east of the Costa Rican border. The volcano has had four eruptive episodes during the past 1,600 years, including its most recent eruption about 400–500 years ago. Several other eruptions occurred in the prior 10,000 years. Several seismic swarms in the 20th century and a recent swarm in 2006 serve as reminders of a restless tectonic terrane. Given this history, Volcán Barú likely will erupt again in the near or distant future, following some premonitory period of seismic activity and subtle ground deformation that may last for days or months. Future eruptions will likely be similar to past eruptions—explosive and dangerous to those living on the volcano’s flanks. Outlying towns and cities could endure several years of disruption in the wake of renewed volcanic activity. Described in this open-file report are reconnaissance mapping and stratigraphic studies, radiocarbon dating, lahar-inundation modeling, and hazard-analysis maps. Existing data have been compiled and included to make this report as comprehensive as possible. The report is prepared in coooperation with National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) of the Republic of Panamá and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). (more)
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Moderate Earthquake South of Panama

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The US Geological Survey has revised their measurement of the earthquake that struck south of Panama Wednesday evening from 6.1 down to 5.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake occurred at 11:12 pm on Wednesday evening, and the epicenter was located at 7.008°N, 82.388°W and at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program. It was 100 miles South of David, 125 miles South West of Santiago, and 240 miles South West of Panama City. (more)

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Strong quake hits south of Panama

EarthquakesMiami - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Moment Magnitude scale struck off the south coast of Panama late Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake was located 160 kilometers south of David, Panama, and 380km southwest of Panama City, the USGS said in a statement. It struck at 11.12pm local time (04h12GMT Thursday) at a depth of 10 kilometers. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
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Two Earthquakes in Chiriquí last Thursday

Earthquakes By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) informed the public of two earthquakes on Thursday, 12 July 2007. According to reports from the Seismological Network of the Geo-sciences Institute of the University of Panama, the first earthquake hit at 1:47 pm in the high country in the border zone between Panama and Costa Rica, with a magnitude of 4.5 near Volcán in the Chiriquí province, with a depth of 2 kilometers. The earthquake was felt in Cerro Punta. The origin was a local fault and there was an aftershock a few minutes later. The second earthquake hit on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 3:31 with a magnitude of 4.6, located 1 kilometer west of Cerro Echandi along the Panama - Costa Rica border. This earthquake had a depth of 6 kilometers, and was felt in Volcan and Cerro Punta. Roberto Velasquez Abood, Chief of SINAPROC, said there were no reports of damage or loss of life.

Copyright 2007 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. As usual, go ahead and use whatever you want as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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4.5 Earthquake on the Richter Scale Yesterday South of David

Earthquakes Did anyone feel this earthquake yesterday afternoon? Was 4.5 on the Richter scale, 240 miles south of David out in the ocean. Missed it completely. Lots of little earthquakes are a good thing. The one that comes along every 500 years and rocks your world is the one you need to worry about.
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Earthquake Near Panama - Colombia Border

Earthquakes Bogota - An earthquake measuring 5.1 to 5.9 magnitude on the Richter scale hit northwest Colombia Saturday on the border with Panama, geologists in Colombia and the United States said. The state Colombian Institute of Geology and Mining put the strength at 5.1 degrees, while the US Geological Survey estimated 5.9. There were no reports of injuries or material damage. The quake hit about 179 kilometres west-north-west of Buenaventura, Colombia, according to the USGS website. US officials said the quake hit at the depth of about 10 kilometres at about 2243 GMT.
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5.1 Earthquake Off of the Coast of Colon This Morning

Earthquakes Panama's National Civil Protection Service (SINAPROC) reported today that an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was registered at 8:58 this morning (Wednesday, 14 March 2007) off of the coast of the Colon province. According to reports from the Geo-sciences Institute of the University of Panama, the tremor was 39 kilometers deep and was associated with a known fault-line north of Panama. Roberto Velásquez Abood, the Director of SINAPROC, said that residents in Colón and Panama City felt the earthquake, especially in the reverted areas. There have been no reports of deaths, injuries, or damage associated with this earthquake.
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4.9 on 28 February 2007 Near Puerto Armuelles

Earthquakes An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale hit Panama at 3:18 am on Wednesday morning, 28 February 2007, according to a press release from Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC.) The Institute of Geo-sciences of the University of Panama reported that the earthquake was detected at a depth of 14 kilometers, and was located 23 kilometers to the East-Northeast of Puerto Armuelles in the province of Chiriquí. Roberto Velásquez Abood, the General Director of SINAPROC, said the earthquake was felt by the people living in Puerto Armuelles. No damage, injuries, or deaths were reported in association with this event.
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Moderate 5.6 Earthquake South of Panama

Earthquakes This afternoon at 3:37 pm an earthquake measuring 5.6 (moderate) on the Richter scale was recorded in Panama. The location has been pegged at 6.038°N, 82.649°W at a depth 10 km (6.2 miles) south of Panama. Specifically, the earthquake occurred 265 km (165 miles) S of David, Panama, or 475 km (295 miles) southwest of Panama City, Panama.
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Several Minor Aftershocks from Last Thursday's Quake

Earthquakes By Nicomedes Frías G. for La Estrella - Investigators of the Geo-sciences Institute of the University of Panama said they have detected three aftershocks after the 5.1 earthquake that shook Chiriquí last Thursday near the Costa Rica border. Director of the Institute Eduardo Camacho said that these aftershocks have been of a low intensity and were located in the same fault and near the epicenter of last Thursday's earthquake. Camacho said there is a good probability that aftershocks will continue through the weekend. The earthquake on Thursday occurred at 8:30 am and was located 28 kilometers south of Cerro Punta and had a depth of one kilometer. The earthquake was felt throughout the Chiriquí province but caused no damage or injuries.
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Earthquake Last Night in Chiriquí (5.1)

Earthquakes According to a press release from Panama's National Civil Protection System, that an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck Chiriquí last night (Thursday, 18 January 2007) at 8:06 pm. According to reports from the Geo-sciences Institute of the University of Panama the earthquake had a depth of 1.0 kilometer and was located 29 kilometers from Cerro Punta in the Chiriquí province. According to residents the earthquake was strongly felt in the areas of Bugaba, Boquete, Dolega and Renacimiento; and was moderately felt in David and Gualaca; and lightly felt in Barú, Alanje and the lowlands of Bugaba. There were no reports of damage or injured.
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Earthquake Measuring 5.2 Shakes The Republic of Panama

EarthquakesAn earthquake measuring approximately 5.4 on the richter scale shook the Republic of Panama at 1:28 pm on Friday afternoon, 17 November 2006. The rolling quake, which was centered off of Panama's Pacific coast near Pedasi in the Los Santos province, registered as a 5.4 quake on Panama's Seismological Network managed by the University of Panama. The quake was 8 kilometers deep and was located at 7.3 degrees north latitude by 79.7 degrees west longitude. The quake was felt throughout the country. Editor's Comments: I'm on about the 10th floor (counting parking garages, social area, etc) and easily felt a strong sideways movement. The effect was a swaying motion that moved the plants but did not cause any damage or break anything. These "little" earthquakes are generally a good thing, and are allowing built-up energy to be released gently without causing any damage. Exciting, but not really scary.
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Two Small Earthquakes Yesterday

Earthquakes (Source: La Prensa) Two small earthquakes, both 4.1 degrees on the Richter scale, shook the Panama yesterday. One was near the border with Costa Rica and the other near Colombia. Neither caused injuries or material damage according to official sources. The National System of Civil Defense (Sinaproc) said in a press release that the first earthquake was registered at 3:45 a.m. with an epicenter 50 kilometers south of Changuinola in Bocas del Toro near the border with Costa Rica. The second was at 11:41 a.m. near Jaqué, province of Darién, near the Colombia border.
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4.5 Quake in Bocas This Afternoon

EarthquakesThe Geosciences Institute of the University of Panama reported that an earthquake with a mangitude of 4.5 was registered at 2:22 pm this afternoon in Bocas del Toro. The quake was centered 16 km south of Changuinola and was caused by a local fault 4.0 below the surface. The quake was felt by the local population. (Editor's Comment: Thanks for the heads-up, Russ. Anyone feel it? These small quakes are common in Panama, especially closer to Costa Rica. There was a rash of small quakes earlier this year and as far as I'm concerned a small quake that doesn't cause any damage is a good thing because it's releasing energy. The one's that really worry me are the "big one's" that only go off every 500 years...)
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Moderate quake shakes southern Panama

EarthquakesPANAMA CITY, Panama - A moderate earthquake shook Panama's southern Darien province on the Colombian border Sunday but caused no injuries or damages, civil defense officials said. The magnitude-5.3 quake was felt strongly in the Panamanian town of Meteti, 124 miles east of the capital, after hitting early Sunday, the country's Civil Protection Director Roberto Velasquez said. The epicenter was located close to the Panamanian town of Jaque, 31 miles from the Colombian border.
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Has the Ground Stopped Moving?

EarthquakesIt seems like the earthquakes in Boquete story has rumbled to a halt, so to speak. I have not heard of any recent activity. Just as a follow-up, I ran into this extensive scientific study of fault lines in Panama, focusing specifically on those under Limon Bay and the Atlantic approach to the Panama Canal. Very interesting stuff: http://faculty.washington.edu/tpratt/TCT03.pdf
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And "Jaws" Was Just A Big Old Fish...

Earthquakes I'm getting mixed signals on the whole "earthquakes in Boquete" issue. It was all over the news again tonight, there were a couple more small shakers this weekend. Reporters and camera crews deployed to Boquete to cover the story at to talk to anyone with a clue or an opinion. The best interview in my opinion was with a guy who has lived in Boquete his entire life, and he talked about how one of his earliest memories was his first day at school, and the kids were taught what to do in case of an earthquake. He said that the area is seismically active, and that's just a fact of life that most people who have lived in Boquete for a long time have come to grips with. He said the activity tends to by cyclical, and there are long periods with less activity, and then short periods with lots of small activity, like what's been going on lately. But for the most part, the media feeding frenzy isn't doing anything but scaring people. (more...)
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