Alert area: 82 miles (132 km) S of David, Panama; 111 miles (178 km) WSW of Santiago, Panama; 144 miles (232 km) S of Bocas del Toro, Panama; 223 miles (359 km) SSE of SAN JOSE, Costa Rica Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Posted May 13, 2014 6:48 AM UTC
An earthquake with magnitude 6.8 occurred near David, Panama at 06:35:24.50 UTC on May 13, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.