A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck off the Pacific Ocean coast of the border between Panama and Colombia.
The quake occurred at 11:45 p.m. local time on Friday, April 30th and its epicenter was 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the city of Turbo in Colombia, and 227 kilometers (141 miles) north of Panama City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
No casualties or property damage have been reported so far, however, the quake was felt across both countries, including in the Panama City metropolitan area and Turbo.
The Panamanian government is monitoring the situation. In a tweet, the government noted that they are “in contact with the affected municipalities and with the agencies responsible for dealing with emergencies” to assess the situation.
The USGS notes that there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage, as the epicenter was located in a remote ocean area off the coast of both countries. However, the USGS does warn that strong aftershocks may occur in the next days or weeks.