Moderate earthquake hits south of Panama City, widely felt


PUBLISHED Mon, February 20, 2017 - 2:53pm EST


A moderate earthquake (terremoto) with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 has struck the Gulf of Panama, centered near Isla San Jose, seismologists and residents say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)





The earthquake, which happened at 2:35 p.m. local time on Monday, was centered about 91 kilometers south of Panama City. It struck at a depth of about 10 kilometers, making it a very shallow earthquake.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) put the preliminary magnitude of Monday's earthquake at 5.0. Residents across the region - including in Panama City - reported feeling the quake, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

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