6.6-Magnitude Earthquake In Colombia

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A 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Colombia occurred the afternoon of March 11 in the province of Santander, with shockwaves felt as far away as Cartagena, Bogotá, and western Venezuela.

Building evacuations occurred in Bucaramanga and Bogotá, but there were no deaths and only one non-life-threatening injury caused by the earthquake, according to a government statement.

Most of the damage was reported in the city of Bucaramanga, 25 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter, as well as in the town of Betunia, with minor damages to the airports in Bogotá and Cali. No flights were affected from the earthquake.

Colombia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc around the Pacific Ocean where about 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur.

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