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Colombian Town Hit by Earthquake

Posted by feww on May 26, 2008

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At least 11 people died and 54 were injured when a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck about 50 km East Southeast of Colombian capital, Bogota. About 5,000 people have been affected by damaged structures, Red Cross said.

Panicked residents in the rural town of Quetame, the most seriously hit area, spent the night in the town’s football field. The quake damaged water supplies destroying houses and the local church.

A 6.2-magnitude quake, which struck Colombia in 1999, killed about 1,500 and left more than a quarter of a million people homeless.

A man walks past the wreckages of cars damaged in a landslide near Quetame May 25, 2008. Dozens of families evacuated the middle town after a shallow earthquake measuring 5.6 magnitude hit central Colombia on Saturday. REUTERS/Carlos Duran [Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!]

Quake Data [USGS]

  • Magnitude: 5.6
  • Date-Time: Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 19:20:47 UTC
    Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 02:20:47 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 4.447°N, 73.670°W
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
  • Region: COLOMBIA
  • Distances: 35 km (20 miles) N of Villavicencio, Colombia
    50 km (30 miles) ESE of BOGOTA, Colombia
    125 km (75 miles) SSW of Tunja, Colombia
    125 km (80 miles) E of Girardot, Colombia
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.8 km (3.0 miles);

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