Two 7.4 earthquake hit Colombia at 11:31. According to the Colombian network Caracol the quake had a magnitude of 5.8. But the U.S. government reportedly was 7.4 on the Richter scale. The first was in the town of Pitalito, 10 kilometers deep. While the second, a replica of the first was recorded between Popayan and Pitalito, 155 kilometers deep.
The quake was also felt in the Ecuadorian cities of Quito, Guayaquil, Montreal, Ottawa, and Blanket Bay, according to Twitter reports. Also, Carlos Ivan Marquez, director of Risk Management of the neighboring country, said the epicenter was in the town of San Agustin, Huila.
At first they said the epicenter was in La Vega, Cauca. But the National Unit for Risk Management, which was reported in San Agustin (Huila). The text goes on to explain that this same report indicated that had magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale, with a depth of 148 kilometers and no affectation. A more recent report, from the same source, explains the time, indicates that the magnitude was 7.3 on the Richter scale and a depth of 168 kilometers with its epicenter in La Vega, Cauca. However, the paper reiterates that the government’s geological service of the United States said it was 7.4 on the Richter scale and a depth of 140 kilometers.
Colombian television showed people fleeing into the streets in southwestern cities such as Cali, and small cracks in the walls of some buildings.
In January this year, a 4.3 magnitude Ecuador earthquake erupted with a moderate depth. USGS indicated to news that the quake began twenty-five miles below the earth’s surface at the time.
In October 2011, a series of quakes struck the same general area. First a 4.0 magnitude quake struck Ecuador, centered ten miles from Quito, thirty-seven miles from Ibarra, and roughly fifty miles from Santo Domingo de los Colorados. Then hours later a second quake of 4.3 magnitude hit Colombia-Ecuador border.
No tsunami warnings were issued for California or the rest of the Pacific Coast from a magnitude 7.4 earthquakes that hit Colombia on Sunday morning
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was not expected to produce a tsunami and that no alerts or warnings would be issued.
The statement read:
Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii. Repeat. A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
Mayor Paulo Cesar Rodriguez of the town of Tuquerres near the epicenter said the quake was “very strong and felt for a long time” but that there were no reports of injuries in the town of 42,300.
Colombian authorities asked to remain calm while establishing a full report.
People, who, at that time, were in tall buildings in Manizales, took to the streets for fear of aftershocks.