The US Geological Survey said that a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Panama-Costa Rica border around midnight on Tuesday, revising earlier warnings of “significant damage”, as the tremor cut power supplies near the epicentre.
The earthquake hit at a depth of 26 kilometres (16 miles), about two kilometres from the nearest town of Progreso in Panama, USGS said, updating a previous alert that estimated the depth at 10 kilometres.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, and USGS said “the impact should be relatively localized”, reversing an earlier advisory that “past events with this alert level have required a regional or national level response.”
“Estimated economic losses are less than 1 per cent of GDP of Panama,” the website said.
According to the National Seismological Network (RSN) in Costa Rica, the quake struck at 0523 GMT Wednesday (11.23 pm Tuesday) with its epicentre located 11 kilometres east of the Panamanian border town of Puerto Armuelles.