Although there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, authorities say they have started inspecting the structures

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Panama and Costa Rica, but it was relatively far from major population centers and no immediate damage was reported.

The US Geological Survey said the epicenter of the earthquake that struck Wednesday afternoon was off the Pacific coast of Panama and the common border of Costa Rica, about 30 miles south of Punta de Burica, in Panama. It occurred at a depth of about six miles.

The tremor was not felt in the capital of Panama, but there were tremors in parts of western Panama and Costa Rica.

Although there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, authorities say they have started inspecting the structures.

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