At least 2 injured as earthquake hits Panama

Some porches collapse, items shake from shelves

By Stephen Anthony Sobek
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A lightly populated area of Panama near the border with Costa Rica was hit by an earthquake Sunday, causing some porches to collapse and shaking items from store shelves, The Associated Press reported.

At least two people were injured in a village, but Panamanian authorities gave no details, the wire service said.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 and was centered four miles southeast of the town of Plaza de Caisan, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Sigifredo Perez, head of operations for Costa Rica’s National Commission of Emergencies, said no major damage or injuries had been reported in his country.

The area is frequently hit by quakes, the AP reported. A magnitude 7.4 quake in 1991 killed 23 people and injured 500 and a magnitude 6.7 tremor killed two people in 2003.

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