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An earthquake of strong magnitude 6.6 occurs in the Caribbean near the border between Panama and Colombia

A very powerful magnitude 6.6 earthquake has struck the Caribbean Sea, off the border between Panama and Colombia.

According to reports, the quake struck at around 1.17 p.m. local time, with its epicenter located 55 km (34 miles) northeast of the Colombian city of Turbo, and about 72 km (45 miles) from Panama’s Pacific Coast.

The US Geological Survey reported the quake as being quite shallow, with a depth of only 10 km (6 miles). Although no tsunami has been reported, the earthquake provoked moderate to strong shaking throughout the region, particularly in the coastal areas of Panama and Colombia. So far, no reports of casualties or serious damage have been reported.