The quake was estimated to be about 5.7 magnitude, and the epicenter was estimated to be about 18 kilometers south of Sixaola in Panamá.
The quake was felt all over the country with the exception of western and northern Guanacaste, records show.
The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias coupled its report on the quake with a reminder that every home should be prepared.
The commission said that heavy objects should be removed from high places and that suitcases should be packed with survival food and gear.
The commission also encouraged residents to keep a battery-operated radio nearby as well as flashlights, personal documents and medicines.
There have been previous quakes about the same magnitude in this region in 1991 and 2001.