Strong earthquake strikes Pacific Coast of Panama

A strong earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Panama on Monday, but local emergency officials said there were no reports of damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.6 quake struck at 3:54 a.m. about 20 miles east-southeast of Punta de Burica, close to the border with Costa Rica. It was centered about 12 miles beneath the surface.

While the quake was felt widely throughout the country, the director of Panama's National Civil Defense Service, Jose Donderis, sent Twitter messages indicating there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

A magnitude-5.8 quake struck in the same region on Saturday.

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