A 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Bogota, Colombia today, rattling buildings in many towns located near the capital. Residents in the areas hit by the earthquake took to the streets to get out of harms way from ceilings that could have collapsed. Injuries from the earthquake in the areas around Bogota have not been reported yet.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the earthquake was located around the eastern city of Bucaramanga, around 169 miles northeast of Bogota. The USGS stated the epicenter was pinpointed to around 91 miles below the surface. Since the tremor was so deep, there was not much initial structural damage to the areas that were hit.
Oscar Ivan Marquez, a spokesman from the presidency’s Rick Management office, stated there have not been reports of serious damage or injuries. A local radio station said the earthquake was also felt in Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city. Moreover, the Venezuelan border towns of San Cristobal and Maracaibo felt the trembling of the earthquake.
By Alex Lemieux
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