Strong tremor in Colombia.

Posted August 18, 2023 at 10:08 am

A strong tremor of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Colombia on August 17, with its epicenter in El Calvario, Meta. Fifteen minutes later, a magnitude 5.6 aftershock hit the region. The Colombian Geological Service reported that the earthquake occurred around 12:04 noon and had a shallow depth. Several areas, including Meta, Boyacá, Quindío, Popayán, Mocoa, Cundinamarca and Santander, felt the tremor. Unfortunately, there was a fatality in Bogotá, three minors injured in Meta, and an adult injured in Sativá, Boyacá. The tremor left some buildings damaged and people trapped in elevators in Bogotá. However, the authorities indicated that the damage was mostly minor and public services were not affected. In Cundinamarca, there were damages to buildings and structures. The road between Bogotá and Villavicencio was temporarily closed due to infrastructure damage.

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