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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…

This Week’s Water Cuts

Water service will be cut to parts of Upper Arraijan and Burunga today, Tuesday, and to San Francisco on Wednesday for much of the day. The first suspension will take place from 7 am to 4 pm to accommodate repairs to the Miraflores water treatment plant pipeline. Water consumers have been advised that it could take 12…

Over 1.2 Million Vehicles in the Country

There are 1,221,999 registered vehicles in Panama, according to recent Transit and Ground Transportion Authority figures. Of those, 925,145 vehicles or 75% are registered in the provinces of Panama and West Panama, followed by 9.75 percent in Chiriqui and 3.82 percent in Colon. Home to approximately half of a total population of an estimated 4 million, the traffic-congested Panama and Panama West therefore register almost…

Jaguars Deaths Increasing in Panama

Twenty-six jaguars have died so far this year in Panama according to Ricardo Moreno, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and Director of the Panama Yaguará Foundation. The biologist presented his findings at the recent Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation in Belize, adding that 23 jaguars were killed last year…

2016 Panama Malaria Update

A total of 480 cases of malaria have been reported this year through September 10, or 79 more cases than during the same period last year. According to the Ministry of Health’s Department of Epidemiology, the highest incidences have been reported in the Panama metropolitan area, Darien and the Guna Yala and Ngäbe Bugle territories.   Malaria is a…