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Tonga, Panama earthquakes reported

September 5, 2011

straitstimes      trust.org

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PANAMA CITY, Sept 5 (Reuters) – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck western Panama near the border of Costa Rica on Monday, about 131 miles (211 km) south of David, Panama, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was not widely felt in the capital of Panama City and there was no immediate report of damage.

A scientist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said the quake was not strong enough to cause a tsunami. (Reporting by Elida Moreno; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

SYDNEY (AFP) – A strong 6.4-magnitude quake struck off the Pacific island nations of Samoa and Tonga on Monday, seismologists said, but there was no tsunami alert.

The undersea earthquake was recorded at a depth of 35km, 256km from the Samoan capital Apia, at 10.52pm (0952 GMT, 5.52p

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m Singapore time), the United States Geological Survey said.

It follows a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Vanuatu earlier in the day.

Earthquakes are common on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where continental plates in the Earth’s crust meet.

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