An quake measured 6.2 magnitudes on the Ritcher scale has on Sunday rattled southwest Panama alongside the border with Costa Rica, causing severe damages to buildings and wounding people, the authorities said.
There was no tsunami alert issued from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, and USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
The quake struck some 7 km southeast of Plaza de Caisan, Panama, at a depth of 37.3 km, the US Geological Survey reported.
The USGS later pinpointed the epicenter of the quake as a few miles (km) north of Canoas in Costa Rica, right on the border with Panama.
"Due to the magnitude of the event, here has been minor damage in homes and shops".
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"I was in the supermarket and everything swayed", Carla Chavez told The Associated Press news agency by phone from David, the capital of Panama's Chiriqui province near the quake's epicentre. "Merchandise fell on the floor".
President Juan Carlos Varela said on Twitter earlier that just one person was hurt, in Puerto Armuelles, and also reported damage to homes and businesses.
A magnitude 6.2 quake is considered strong and capable of causing severe damage.
A 6.1 magnitude natural disaster is considered a "strong" quake, and can cause extensive damage in populated areas.
Panama's firefighting association said on Twitter it had gotten reports of the ground shaking from residents in various regions of the nation, and encouraged quiet.