A 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Colombia, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The earthquake’s epicenter was located approximately 44 miles northeast of the city of Santa Marta.
There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the earthquake was felt in several cities across the region, including Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Valledupar.
The earthquake struck at a depth of approximately 18 miles, and was classified as “moderate” by the EMSC. The organization warned that aftershocks could occur in the coming hours and days.
Colombia is located in an area of high seismic activity, and earthquakes are relatively common in the country. In January 2020, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern city of Pasto, causing damage to several buildings.
The Colombian government has a well-established emergency response system in place to deal with natural disasters, including earthquakes. Officials are urging citizens to remain calm and follow safety guidelines in the event of aftershocks.
The earthquake in northern Colombia serves as a reminder of the importance of earthquake preparedness and response measures. With the potential for significant damage and loss of life, it is crucial that individuals, communities, and governments take steps to mitigate the impact of earthquakes and other natural disasters.