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Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the border area between Costa Rica and Panama at around 3:24 pm Sunday afternoon local time.

The epicenter of the quake was centered around seven kilometers (four miles) southeast of the town of Plaza de Caisan, and about 48 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Panama’s coastal city of David, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake occurred at a depth of about 12 miles (19 kilometers), but took place near a relatively lightly populated area.


Although buildings were damaged, there were no initial reports of deaths, according to Reuters. At least one person – a woman – was injured, according to the news agency.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.