Moderate earthquake rattles Colombian capital Bogota

July 30th, 2010 - 3:33 am ICT by BNO News  

BOGOTA (BNO NEWS) — A moderate earthquake rattled Colombia on Thursday afternoon, seismologists said, and mild shaking was felt in the capital.

The 5.4-magnitude earthquake at 2.34 p.m. local time (1934 GMT) was centered about 5.3 kilometers (3.2 miles) northeast of Ortega, a township in the country’s Tolima Department. It struck about 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) deep, according to the Colombian Institute for Geology and Mining.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the strength of the earthquake at 5.0 on the Richter scale.

Residents in the capital of Bogota reported feeling mild shaking as a result of the earthquake, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.

On September 9, 2007, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Colombia, injuring five people in Narino.

And on November 15, 2004, a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake close to Bajo Baudó, a municipality and town in the Chocó Department of Colombia, injured 4 people. More than 150 buildings were destroyed in the earthquake.

But on January 25, 1999, at least 1,185 people were killed when a strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck close to the city of Armenia. Another 700 people were reported missing and are presumed to have been killed, while nearly others were injured.

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