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    Officials have indicated that the strong earthquake has not caused any fatalities, injuries or structural damage. Tsunami warnings have not been issued at present.

    A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook much of Panama on Tuesday after striking just along the coastal waters at a depth of 33 kilometers.

    The US Geological Survey detailed that the quake was detected just 80 kilometers south of Panama's Punta de Burica, a coastal peninsula that stretches along the Pacific border between Panama and neighboring Costa Rica. Prior to being downgraded to a magnitude 6.8, officials recorded the quake at a magnitude 7.0.

    Officials have indicated the quake has not raised any threats of a tsunami.

    ​Video shared online by users also showed that the earthquake rattling light fixtures in the Central American nation.

    Following the initial earthquake, locals have described the event as being "short" and only lasting for a "few seconds." Records indicate that the quake was preceded by a magnitude 3.3 tremor.

    Testimonies filed in to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre detail that a second quake that weighed in at magnitude 4.6 was felt as far as some 217 kilometers from the epicenter, with residents in Barranco Adentro, Panama, noting that their home felt "as if it were going to shake right off its foundation," and their vehicle was seen "wildly rocking."

    ​No reports of fatalities or injuries have emerged at present. Panama's Civil Protection Agency relayed to the public that while it is continuing to monitor the situation, it has not detected any structural damage to local infrastructure.


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