A magnitude 5 earthquake shakes Colombia without causing casualties for the moment

An earthquake of magnitude 5 on the Richter scale shook several regions of Colombia on Wednesday without so far victims or material damage have been reported, authorities reported.

The tremor occurred at 10:15 pm local time (03:15 GMT Thursday) and had as its epicenter a point six kilometers from the municipality of Betania, in the department of Antioquia (northwest), according to a preliminary report by the Colombian Geological Service (SGC).

The information added that the telluric movement had a depth of 95 kilometers.

The earthquake felt strong in Medellín, the departmental capital of Antioquia, as well as Bogotá, in the tourist region of the Eje Cafetero, and in the departments of Boyacá, Chocó, Huila, Santander, Tolima and Valle del Cauca.

The authorities "sweep with entities of the SNGRD (National System for Disaster Risk Management) in the departments where it was felt," the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) detailed on its social networks.

Likewise, the Administrative Department of Disaster Risk Management (DAGRD) of Medellín pointed out that "after an earthquake registered in the last minutes in Medellín, no news is reported at this time in the city, we continue to verify with fire stations" .


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