Strong 6.1 magnitude quake hits Panama, five injured

A police officer and resident look out at an abandoned pier in Puerto Armuelles after the quake made the structure at the end incline to the right

A police officer and resident look out at an abandoned pier in Puerto Armuelles after the quake made the structure at the end incline to the right

A 6.1-magnitude quake hit Panama on Sunday, injuring at least five people and causing damage to businesses and homes, officials said. Authorities in Panama said several homes were seriously damaged, causing two of them to collapse, and at least five people were treated for injuries.

The quake struck somewhere in the range of 4 miles southeast of Plaza de Caisán, Panama, at a profundity of around 12 miles, the U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS) revealed.

Four homes were damaged, including two that collapsed, it said.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Panama's National Civil Protection Service said by means of Twitter that walls broke at a hospital and two grocery stores in Changuinola in Bocas del Toro region. President Juan Carlos Varela took ti his twitter handle and said that just one person was hurt, in Puerto Armuelles.

There was no tsunami alert issued from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The second quake occurred late Sunday and was not related to the afternoon quake near Puerto Armuelles, Sinaproc said.

A police spokeswoman from Puerto Armuelles, Panama, a port near the epicenter of the quake, said that according to initial reports, some local buildings were damaged but there were no fatalities.

A 6.1-magnitude natural disaster hit southeast Costa Rica in August 2018, causing some damage but no casualties.

In 1991, a magnitude 7.4 quake killed 23 people and injured 500.