A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 has struck northwest Colombia, with shaking felt in Medellin, Apartadó, Caucasia and other places in the region. Only few details were immediately available.
The earthquake, which struck at 9:01 p.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered about 24 kilometers east of Mutata, or 86 kilometers southeast of Apartadó and 129 kilometers northwest of Medelin. It struck at a shallow depth.
The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Residents throughout the region reported feeling the earthquake, though there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Because the epicenter was on land and the magnitude too low, no tsunami warnings have been issued.
In January 1999, at least 1,185 people were killed and 700 others were left missing when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck close to the city of Armenia. “We didn’t have such a long quake in years. People get scared really easy in this region after the 1999 quake and death toll,” Felipe Molina said.