Panama Earthquake of July 18

    Abstract

    THE first movements of a great earthquake were recorded at Kew Observatory on July 18 at 1 h. 48 m. 29 s., G.M.T., the record indicating that the centre was at a distance of about 5,800 miles, probably in the Pacific Ocean off Ecuador. On the same day, a series of severe earthquakes occurred in the isthmus of Panama, one of which was strong enough to cause such damage in Ciudad David, in the extreme west of Panama, that it will have to be almost entirely rebuilt. No serious injury, it is said, occurred in the canal itself. From the first brief accounts, it would seem that the origin may be connected with that of the Colombia earthquake of January 31, 1906 (about 135 miles west of Esmeralda), possibly also with that of the Ecuador earthquake of last October 2 (NATURE, 132, 779, Nov. 18, 1933), though perhaps to the north or north-west of both.

    Rights and permissions

    Reprints and Permissions

    About this article

    Cite this article

    Panama Earthquake of July 18. Nature 134, 135 (1934). https://doi.org/10.1038/134135c0

    Download citation

    Comments

    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.