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5.6 Magnitude Quake Hits Panama-Costa Rica Border Region, USGS Says

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Panama and Costa Rica lie in a seismologically active region known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffer from earthquakes of various magnitudes.

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Panama on 4 September near the border with Costa Rica, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

According to the USGS’ data, the tremor was recorded at 17:45 UTC and took place 12.9 km (8 miles) east-north-east of Finca Blanco, Chiriqui, Panama at a depth of 8.7 km (5.4 miles). The quake was given a green alert level, which means economic losses, but unlikely casualties or damages.

There are no immediate reports of victims or damages in either country.

On 25 August, seismologists in Costa Rica recorded a 6.2 magnitude tremor off the country's Pacific coast, 12 km (7.5 miles) south of the province of Puntarenas.

On 16 July, the USGS registered a 5.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of central Panama at a depth of 5.7 km (3.5 miles).

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