Panama Earthquake of July 18


    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.

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    Panama Earthquake of July 18. Nature 134, 135 (1934).

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