6.1-magnitude earthquake in Colombia causes no injuries, damage

By Shawn Price and Andrew V. Pestano   |   Sept. 14, 2016 at 4:49 AM
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MUTATA, Colombia, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Colombia's Antioquia province caused no serious damage or injuries but has generated at least four aftershocks.

The earthquake and aftershocks occurred near the towns of Mutata and Dabeiba. The aftershocks began shortly after midnight and lasted until nearly 8 a.m. local time Wednesday -- measuring in magnitudes of 4, 4.8, 4.7 and 2.7.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake, which was earlier reported as a magnitude of 5.9, struck about 24 miles away from Mutata at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Colombian Geological Service. The quake forced the evacuation of about 400 people during a rushed evacuation in Medellín, which is about 125 miles from Mutata.

Buildings as far as Bogota, the Colombian capital, were shaken by the quake.

"By fortune, no afflictions reported. We will continue following," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said in a statement.

The mayor of Mutata, Jairo Enrique Ortiz, said most people in his town are in the streets due to the panic caused by the earthquake and following aftershocks -- adding that no one was harmed, El Tiempo reports.

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