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Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes off Panama coast, no damage reported


A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Panama on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, though local authorities said there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake, which hit some 72 kilometers south of Boca Chica in the Chiriqui province, was also felt by a Reuters witness in Costa Rica’s capital city San Jose.

No damages were also reported in Costa Rica, the country’s national emergency commission said.

In a local soccer match in Panama, a player fell to the ground as the quake hit, TV images show. The game was paused as the ground shook and stadium lights swayed.

According to USGS, the quake registered a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) below the earth’s surface.

There is no threat of a tsunami following the earthquake, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System said.

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