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Nitzia Chifundo of Panama Sol Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there are earthquakes in Panama but fortunately, none of them have caused major damage throughout Panama. There are provinces that are more likely than others to have an earthquake but earthquakes are definitely not frequent and none of them have caused big losses in human lives nor material. We are without a doubt blessed!
 
Chris Frochaux of Chris Frochaux - SERVMOR REALTY – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Earthquakes do happen in Panama, but that should not be a huge concern for someone considering moving to that country. After living for over 16 years in Panama, I have experienced an earthquake only once, a little over a year ago. I woke up in the middle of the night and the 12th floor of our building, in the heart of Panama City, was shaking so much that it was hard to walk. We pondered whether to go out in the street, but resolved to stay put. The building did not suffer, as construction codes follow American guidelines and building are designed to show flexibility.
 
Earthquakes played a historical role for this country, albeit indirectly... At the beginning of the twentieth century, when Panama was not yet a country, but a Colombian department, Teddy Roosevelt was pondering whether to build the Canal in Panama or in Nicaragua. The French were lobbying for Panama, hoping to recoup part of their ill-fated investments but Nicaragua was favored by influent senators and the debate went on and on, until Nicaragua was rocked by earthquakes following a volcano eruption. The Nicaraguans flatly denied any rumor of earthquakes, and at the time it was very difficult to verify... Someone in the opposing camp had the brilliant idea to send to each senator a letter affixed with a Nicaraguan postage stamp depicting a fuming volcano... and you probably know where the canal was eventually built! 
David Whittington of Tucan Golf Club and Resort – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Hillside in Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, there are some earthquakes in Panama. We experienced two or three in Boquete I remember one day sitting on my terrace working on my computer and I thought there was a truck coming down the road actually it was the noise of the earthquake coming towards me. It only lasted 3 or 4 seconds and then it’s over. 
 
I’m not aware of any major earthquakes in Panama and since I’ve been here I don’t know of any buildings that have been damaged. I don’t worry about it at all. 
 
(Hillside in Boquete, Panama, pictured.)
Alexandre Moreno  of EPA Español en Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
We have earthquakes in Panama. Fortunately, the environment always protects us from ecological disasters. Once in a while, earthquakes occur but they are away from Panama City. They happen in the countryside and provinces but the city never experiences these events.
 
You don't have to be afraid of earthquakes in Panama.  In my personal experience, the times when earthquakes occurred in Panama, I didn't even notice it.  The only way I become aware of it, is when I checked my Twitter. 
Dennis Dean Smith of DennisDeanSmith – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes there are quakes here in Panama. They usually register 4.0-5.0 on the Richter scale. The quakes mostly occur in Chiriqui Province and outside of the Bay of Panama of Panama City. There never seems to be much damage or threat to life, interestingly enough. Thank goodness.
 
In Panama City, we had another small quake a week ago.
 
Just a note: I lived in Tokyo for 6 years and the constant quakes paralyzed everything for the duration. Have seen nothing like that in Panama.
Nanette Witmer – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Yes, we just had an earthquake this morning in Chiriqui Province, Panama. At 1:35 AM the whole house shook as a 6.8 earthquake lasted for at least half a minute. The last big one like this was a couple of months ago. Although that one was not as big, it did more damage to the house, leaving cracks in the walls.

I have heard, although it might not be true, that one reason everyone uses propane gas here, is that with so many earthquakes, it would not be wise to have gas lines maintained to every house from a central location.

It is true that you cannot get coverage for damage done to your home due to earthquakes here in Panama. 

Nelson Vega of Panasurance – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, earthquakes do happen in Panama but they are widely unnoticed.  By that I mean that they are not very strong and most people don't even know when they happen.
 
I have been living in Panama City for 10 years now, and only twice I have felt a somewhat strong earthquake that caused no more than just a sudden wake up in the middle of the night, but never an earthquake has caused damage or wide concern in this region.
 
However, earthquakes can be felt more often in the Chiriqui / Bocas del Toro provinces, where these phenomenon are quite more regular (due to their proximity to Costa Rica, where earthquakes are more frequent).  Very rarely throughout history have earthquakes in Panama caused damage and, the same as in the capital city, sometimes happen unnoticed by the population.
Michael Ducharme of Lotus Garden – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, the earth moves frequently in Panama (about 62 times last year). But amazingly, no one ever seems to get hurt, nor are there complaints of broken buildings, nor even a fallen dish.

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