Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Panama

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Panama

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Panama, Pacific Ocean at 09:42 UTC on May 13, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

The epicenter was located about 153 km (95 miles) SSE of Punta de Burica and 187 km (116 miles) S of David, Panama.

There are just a few people living within 100 km (62 miles).

161 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake-resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and adobe block construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google


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