Panama has been hit by a powerful earthquake. The USGS reported the tremor measured magnitude five on the Richter scale. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit roughly 70 kilometres north of Panama City, in the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Although it did not quite make land, the tremor was strong enough that it caused buildings to shake through Panama City, witnesses claimed.

However, there has so far been no reports of damages to building or injuries to the 4.2 million population of Panama.

So far, no tsunami warning has been issuead as a result of the magnitude 5 quake.

The tremor struck at 7.13am BST (1.12am local time) on May 1 at a depth of 38.5km.

Uncomfirmed reports suggest the intitial earthquake was followed by an aftershock just three minutes latet.

One person said on earthquake monitoring service EMSC: “It felt like an explosión, the vibration and sound. There were two that last like 3mins”

More residents went to EMSC to detail how the earthquake played out.

One person wrote: “It felt strong, it was prolonged. You could hear the vibrations and a great energy that passed through the place.”

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Another added: “It was strong. vibrated the … doors in my house.”

A third stated: “Very loud and noisy but all good.”

Several locals took to Twitter to share videos of the experience.

One shows the camera being forcibly shook by the movement of the ground with many woken up in the middle of the night by the earthquake.

Panama is a seimsically active region of the world, sitting on top of the Pedro Miguel Fault.

Hazard prediction service ThinkHazard said: “Panam earthquake hazard is classified as high according to the information that is currently available.

“This means that there is more than a 20 percent chance of potentially-damaging earthquake shaking in your project area in the next 50 years.

“Based on this information, the impact of earthquake must be considered in all phases of the project, in particular during design and construction.”



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