Earthquake Shakes Panama City

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook Panama City and surrounding areas midday on Monday.

The Institute of Geosciences at the University of Panama reported the quake at 2:35 p.m. local time at a depth of 4 miles in the Bay of Panama, not far from Isla del Rey in the Las Perla Archipelago. It lasted for five seconds.

Metro stations and public buildings were evacuated as a precaution, people were alarmed, but no significant structural damages were reported or major aftershocks expected.

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