5.5-magnitude earthquake shakes Colombia

13:14, October 28, 2009      

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An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale rocked the central and northeastern parts of Colombia, the Colombian Institute of Geology and Mining said. There is no reports of casualties at the moment.

The earthquake occurred at 11:26 a.m. (1626 GMT) loca time. Its epicenter was located in the La Mesa de los Santos area in Santander department, northeast of Colombia.

The epicenter has a depth of 143 kilometers, which prevented severed damages, the rescue teams said.

The earthquake was felt in the departments of Santander, Boyaca, Cundinamarca, Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda and Quindio.

Rescue teams have been sent to all the regions where the earthquake was felt to determine if there were victims or damages.

Source: Xinhua

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