translated from Spanish: Dozens affected by earthquake on the border Panama and Costa Rica

Panama.-At least 62 people were affected by the earthquake of magnitude 6.3 that shook on Sunday the border of Panama and Costa Rica, reported on Monday authorities, which keep in five the number of wounded, all reported on the Panamanian side. The tremor was recorded at 14.22 local time (19.22 GMT) on Sunday and shook the western Panamanian with epicenter located 22 kilometers from Puerto Armuelles, province of Chiriquí, bordering Costa Rica, reported the Institute of Geosciences of the state University of Panama.
The authorities reported that the affected families, formed by at least 43 adults and 19 minors, were transferred to a project of the Ministry of Housing in Las Palmas and hotels in the area. The Joint Task Force (FTC) distributed humanitarian aid sent by the office of the First Lady of Panama in the affected area.
In Puerto Armuelles, where classes were suspended this Monday to review the state of the schools, the total destruction of the old structures of a pier was reported, as well as structural damages in a construction gym.

Puerto Armuelles. Ap

Eight sectors in Chiriquí and Changuinola, in the neighboring province of Bocas del Toro, were the most affected. » In Finca Zapote 5 residences with total damage and 3 with partial damages were evaluated. In corridor three with total damage and in Las Palmas 2 residences with partial damage, «the FTC explained.

The authorities reported on the same Sunday that the injured are an adult of 98 years, three under 7, 8 and 17 years old, and a pregnant woman of 37 years. After the earthquake of magnitude 6.3 in Richter’s open scale, eight aftershocks of lesser intensity were produced, according to the Panamanian Geoscience Institute. On Sunday from Costa Rica It was reported that the national seismic network said that the tremor was magnitude 6 on the open scale of Richter with epicenter a kilometer northeast of the locality of La Cuesta, in corridors of the province of Puntarenas (South Pacific).
The Chief of operations of the National Emergency Commission of Costa Rica, Sigifredo Pérez, indicated that the telluric movement «generated some minor events in the area, such as the fall of some objects, especially shelves in supermarkets in the border area» with Panama, and they were given temporary power cuts. » No infrastructure-level damage. The Costa Rican Social Security Fund reports that hospitals are functioning normally. We have been in permanent communication with seismology and volcanology authorities to follow up on events after this 6, «said Pérez.La cause of the earthquake was the subduction of the Caribbean terrestrial plaque, explained the national seismic Network of Costa Rica, a country that is located in an area of the world of high seismic activity and annually records hundreds of tremors. 

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