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Concern in Chiriqui and Boquete Over Earthquakes

Earthquakes It seems like reports of minor earthquakes are coming out of Chiriqui and Boquete almost daily. Another earthquake registering 4.1 on the Richter scale was reported this morning. This afternoon on RPC News (channel 4) reported that two construction projects owned by "foreigners" (not further specified or defined) have been suspended due to concerns over the recent earthquake activity. The report was not really clear, but seemed to indicate that the owners or developers of the projects wanted to ensure their construction methods were adequate for the risk and activity. There have been earthquakes registered on five different faults in the area in just the last two weeks, in Paso Canoa, Puerto Armuelles, and Boquete. The report said that scientists are deploying more and better equipment to make sure that Volcan Baru is not in the process of coming back to life.
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Boquete on "Green" Alert Due To Earthquakes

Earthquakes The population of Boquete felt more earthquakes last night with tremors registering between 4.2 and 4.7 on the Richter scale. Authorities are thinking about declaring a "Green" alert, which obligates coordination between the different government organizations responsible for responding to emergencies to better prepare for any possible consequences. The eqrthquakes yesterday are aftershocks of a 4.9 earthquake that happend on 4 May which reopened cracks in the walls of the schools originally caused by another earthquake in 2003. Tito Atencio, who lives in Boquete, said that he heard a loud sound before the earthquakes. The most intense earthquake took place at 8:30 p.m. and was felt throughout the discrict of Boquete. According to Eric Chichaco, Director of the Geosciences Institute of the University of Panama, these tremors are being caused by a system of active geologic faults and "it is a phenomenon that has not been seen since the 70's, although back then it was less intense". Chichaco said that personal from the SINAPROC are going to the area of Alto Quiel today, where most of the movement has taken place, to evaluate the gravity of the situation.
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Another Earthquake Today in Boquete (Ho Hum)

Earthquakes An earthquake registering 4.8 degrees on the Richter shook western Panama without causing damage or injuries. The tremor shook Bajo Boquete in the province of Chiriquí at 12:43 pm local (17:43 GMT), near the border with Costa Rica, according to the Institute of Geosciences of the University of Panama. The Institute reported the epicenter as 10 kilometers deep and four kilometers northwest of Bajo Boquete, and was caused by a local fault. (Editor's Comment: There were something like 70 small aftershocks registered in the last few days, and either the earth's surface is just moving around gently, or Volcan is getting ready to blow again. Man, I wonder what that would do to the price of gourmet coffee beans...)
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Magnitude 6 quake shakes Panama

EarthquakesPANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) -- A moderately strong earthquake and at least one aftershock shook Panama early Monday, but no damages or injuries were reported. Panama's Civil Protection Agency said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6 and struck at 2:48 a.m. (7:48 a.m. GMT), centered on the Pacific coast near the Costa Rican border about 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of Panama City, according to the country's Civil Protection Agency. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.9 and had its epicenter 380 kilometers (235 miles) from the capital. A 5.2-magnitude aftershock struck at 4:13 a.m. local time (9:13 a.m. GMT), Panamanian officials said.
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Panama, Costa Rica Shaken by Magnitude-6 Earthquake, USGS Says

Earthquakes May 1 (Bloomberg) -- A magnitude-6 earthquake struck early today along the border of Panama and Costa Rica, the U.S. Geological Service said on its Web site. The quake didn't prompt any tsunami alert by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The epicenter was 40 kilometers (24 miles) west-southwest of the town of David in Panama and 60 kilometers south-southeast of Golfito in Costa Rica, the USGS said. The quake struck 40 kilometers below the surface, at 2:48 a.m. local time. David has a population of 77,000 and Golfito 10,000, the USGS said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which was classified as ``strong'' by the USGS. The Central American countries are in a region where the Cocos and Caribbean plates meet and rub against each other.
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Another Earthquake, 4.9 This Time

EarthquakesAnother earthquake this afternoon, this time 4.9, 45 miles WNW of Bocas del Toro. Several people reported feeling it, no reports of damage.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/usjnb4.php
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Earthquakes - Is Panama Ready for the Big One?

Earthquakes Earthquakes happen in Panama. In fact, there is a 50% of probability that it could happen at any time, according to the the directors of the Institute of Geociencias and the National System of Civil defense, Eduardo Camacho and Roberto Velásquez, respectively. But the idea is not to alarm but to educate. For that reason, in 2006 the goal is make sure people know what to do before, during, and after a big powerful earthquake. To educate to the population on the measures to take before, during and after an earthquake is one of the priorities established this year for the National Civil Defense System (Sinaproc). There is a "high probability" that an earthquake will hit Panama. The problem is that it's very difficult to predict when, where, and how it will happen. The goal is to prepare the public who, according to the Director of the SINAPROC rescue office, are not even aware of the risk.

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Strong earthquake shakes Colombia-Panama border

EarthquakesBOGOTA, Jan. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- An earthquake registering 6.3 on the Richter scale Monday hit the rainforest that forms the eastern frontier between Colombia and Panama, Colombia's National Seismological Net (RSNC) said in a statement on Monday. The RSNC said that the epicenter was a woody zone 27 km southeast of Jurado, in Choco province, on the Pacific coast, near Colombia's border with Panama. Preliminary reports from emergency services in Quibdo, the capital of Choco, said no one had been injured in the quake. The movement was superficial, less than 30 km deep, a scientist from the Colombian Geology and Mining Agency said. The RSNC said that Quibdo, nearly 870 km from the national capital of Bogota, was the population center closest to the epicenter, but it did not say if the tremor had been felt there. (Satellite Photo-Map and two additional articles follow)
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Earthquake Today

EarthquakesAccording to this is what real close and a 6.0. I was in the office and felt a little shudder, but I doubt it was a 6.0! it happened at 15:50 local time and was 88 miles SSE of Garachine, Panama. http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/ous/STORE/Xigau_06/ciim_display.html http://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/shake/ous/index.html
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Another one last night - 5.9 this time...

EarthquakesThere was another earthquake last night: Magnitude 5.9 - SOUTH OF PANAMA, 2006 January 6 03:39:58 UTC, Preliminary Earthquake Report, U.S. Geological Survey, A moderate earthquake occurred at 03:39:58 (UTC) on Friday, January 6, 2006. The magnitude 5.9 event has been located SOUTH OF PANAMA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) Location 6.610°N, 82.285°W, Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program, Distances 200 km (125 miles) S of David, Panama

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/ushpad.htm
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Three Aftershocks Follow 6.2 Quake

EarthquakesThree smaller aftershocks were registered following yesterday's 6.2 earthquake centered 80 miles southeast of David, Panama. The National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) said in a press release that the aftershocks caused no injuries or damage. The Director of the Geosciences Institute of the University of Panama, Eduardo Camacho, said the three aftershocks were less than 4 on the Richter scale and occured along the same fault line, the Panama Fracture Zone to the southeast of David, where the first quake occurred.
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Another "Good" Earthquake South of David, Panama

EarthquakesA strong earthquake occurred at 18:26:45 (UTC) on Friday, December 30, 2005. The magnitude 6.0 event has been located SOUTH OF PANAMA. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.) Magnitude 6.0 Date-Time Friday, December 30, 2005 at 18:26:45 (UTC) = Coordinated Universal Time Friday, December 30, 2005 at 1:26:45 PM = local time at epicenter Location 7.562°N, 82.217°W Depth 20 km (12.4 miles) set by location program Region SOUTH OF PANAMA Distances 100 km (60 miles) SSE of David, Panama 150 km (95 miles) WSW of Santiago, Panama 160 km (100 miles) SE of Golfito, Costa Rica 335 km (210 miles) WSW of PANAMA CITY, Panama
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6.0 Earthquake South of Panama This Morning

EarthquakesOne thing you should know about Panama if you're thinking about moving here is that there are a lot of little earthquakes. They happen pretty frequently, and rarely cause any significant damage or deaths. Actually, these are the "good" kind of earthquakes, the little ones that relieve the stress that builds along fault lines before it builds up into a real big and destructive earthquake. This most recent one was enough to shake your coffee cup, but apparently not strong enough to make you spill any...
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Panama Earthquakes

EarthquakesGeology and tectonics are an interest of mine. Living in Panama City for a number of years, the thought of a Panama City earthquake seemed remote. History tells of a different story. We are at risk. Two historic reviews of earthquakes in Panama (city proper) One 1640, the other 1882. The 1882 was reported to have sent a tidal surge into the Panama bay.
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Earthquake!

EarthquakesWe had a couple of shakers yesterday, this time out in the Pacific ocean south of Panama City. These are the "good" earthquakes, that allow the stess along fault lines to dissipate without causing any damage.
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