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Earthquake of 5.6 in Colombia Causes Damage to Houses


Earthquake of 5.6 in Colombia causes damage to houses – Credit: Colombian Geological Service (SGC)

On the morning of, Friday January 19, an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale was felt west of Colombia, causing damage to some houses in cities of departments near the epicenter. The strong tremor was felt in cities such as Medellin, and according to the Colombian Geological Service (SGC), it could even be felt in areas on the border with Venezuela, in the easternmost part of the country.

The epicenter was in the municipality of Ansermanuevo, Valle del Cauca, at 6.26 am, with a depth of 33 km. The tremor was felt in capital cities such as Armenia, Cali, Medellin, Pereira, Manizales and several areas of Bogota. The movement was so strong that the alarms of residential complexes were turned on to evacuate and citizens left their homes.

Five aftershocks in twenty minutes

In less than 20 minutes, the SGC recorded five shallow aftershocks, four of them in Ansermanuevo and one in Santa Rosa de Cabal.

Colombia is a seismically active country, due to the confluence of several tectonic plates that cause periodic tremors. The most active area of the country is located in La Mesa de los Santos, in Santander, where tremors of low to moderate intensity are very frequent.

Effects on housing and infrastructure

Citizens have reported damage to homes in municipalities near the epicenter, in the departments of Valle del Cauca and Risaralda, as well as to public infrastructure. Several houses show small parts of facades coming away, although more serious damage can also be observed, with damage to the rooves of private houses.

Similarly, in Pereira, the capital of Risaralda, there was damage to the infrastructure of the Megacable transportation system, as well as significant cracks in the facades of residential buildings.

In the municipality of Aguila, Valle del Cauca, the tremor has also caused important cracks in the hospital of the municipality. According to initial estimates, the departments most affected were Valle del Cauca and Risaralda.

Fortunately, so far no personal injuries have been reported in any part of the country.

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