Panamá quake rattles border area in south

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake took place early today on Costa Rica’s border with Panamá. The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica placed the epicenter a few miles south of the Costa Rican border

The epicenter appeared to be west of Paso Canoas and just south of the community of La Cuesta in Costa Rica. The epicenter appears to be about 23 miles west of the city of David, said the U.S. National Earthquake Center. Scientists there set the magnitude at 5.0.

The laboratory’s automatic processing system set the time at a few seconds after 1 a.m. But the shock was felt by humans about 90 seconds earlier in the Central Valley.

The area is one of many active earthquake faults. The depth was estimated at 24 kilometers, about 15 miles.

A quake of this magnitude can cause damage, but there were no reports early Friday.

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