Important historic earthquakes in Colombia

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Oct 23 10:43 4.2 146 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near North Coast Of Colombia Oct 19 07:40 4.1 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Oct 15 02:02 3.6 135 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Aratoca, Colombia Oct 12 04:56 4.5 164 MAP
GEOFON Northern Colombia Oct 12 04:56 4.5 147 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Oct 12 04:56 4.5 164 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Oct 10 02:47 3.7 145 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Mountain, Colombia Oct 04 19:59 4.7 12 MAP
EMSC Northern Colombia Oct 02 10:37 3.5 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Oct 01 01:56 3.5 1 MAP
EMSC Northern Colombia Sep 25 16:28 3.8 137 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Mountain, Colombia Sep 25 16:06 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Mountain, Colombia Sep 25 15:37 4.7 10 MAP
USGS Mountain, Colombia Sep 23 04:37 4.6 10 MAP
EMSC Northern Colombia Sep 22 22:33 3.7 158 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Sep 20 07:38 3.6 141 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Aratoca, Colombia Sep 16 17:43 4.2 166 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Sep 16 17:43 4.2 167 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Colombia Sep 15 03:52 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Colombia Sep 14 07:25 4.0 133 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Northern Colombia Sep 11 06:20 3.7 151 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Narino, Colombia Sep 11 06:08 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Colombia Sep 11 06:08 4.0 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Panama-colombia Border Region Sep 07 11:14 3.8 1 MAP
GEOFON Panama-colombia Border Region Sep 07 01:47 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • David chiriqui - Ce soir vers 20 hrs 30 Tremblement de terre mes 2 chats ont eu très peur Il a duré environ 3 à 4 minutes Plus. Longtemps que d'habitude Je n'aie pas peur de grand chose mais les tremblements de terre et le tonnerre J'ai peur Merci
  • EMSC Northern Colombia Sep 01 05:07 3.8 138 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Colombia Sep 01 05:07 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Northern Colombia Aug 31 18:21 3.8 148 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Cimitarra, Colombia Aug 22 13:06 4.5 47 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Acandi, Colombia Aug 18 19:39 5.6 10 MAP
    GEOFON Panama-colombia Border Region Aug 18 19:39 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Aratoca, Colombia Aug 07 15:54 5.4 148 MAP
    GEOFON Northern Colombia Aug 07 15:53 5.3 158 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Medellin - Experienced as a slow gentle wave that gained slight momentum then receded just as slowly and gently. No property damage to home. Activity at street level contiuned as always. Duration was between 15 and 30 seconds maximum.
  • Villa de leyva - Light shaking
  • Bogota - Very slight shake, few hanged clothes move. Few friends cross the block also felt. few seconds duration.
  • Bogota - Moderate shaking
  • Medellin - Moderate shaking
  • bogota - Very weak shaking
  • Bogota - No damage - about ten seconds. Computer monitors were clearly shaking - felt like a bus or heavy truck had just driven by - noting though that I am on the 13th floor of an office block
  • Medellin - No damage. Windows shaking about 3-4 seconds
  • Medellin - 10 seconds
  • Medellin - 30 seconds , moderate shaking, windowns ans table moved.
  • Medellin - Light shaking
  • GEOFON Near West Coast Of Colombia Jul 27 06:01 4.5 20 MAP
    USGS Mutis, Colombia Jul 27 06:01 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near West Coast Of Colombia Jul 27 06:01 4.5 14 MAP
    GEOFON Colombia Jul 19 05:39 4.8 37 MAP
    EMSC Colombia Jul 19 05:39 5.1 46 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bogotá - Moderate shaking
  • Bogota - Strong shaking
  • Villa del Rosario (Norte de Santander) - 15 à 20 secondes
  • Puerto obaldia - Aujourd’hui à 14h39 heure locale la terre a tremblé j’´étais dans la rue devant chez moi ( maison des années 1930 en bois avec un étage) mon fils de 7 ans était dans la maison au 1er . J’ai eu très peur et mon fils était pétrifié. Heureusement plus de peur que de mal
  • bogota - Very weak shaking
  • USGS Colombia, Colombia Jul 19 05:39 5.1 47 MAP
    USGS Francisco Pizarro, Colombia Jul 18 01:28 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bogota - 20 seconds, no damage, more swaying than shaking
  • USGS Colombia Jul 07 00:19 4.5 47 MAP
    EMSC Colombia Jul 07 00:19 4.5 48 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Buga, Colombia Jun 22 20:08 4.5 90 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Dabeiba, Colombia Jun 20 20:12 4.7 27 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Northern Colombia Jun 20 20:12 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Northern Colombia Jun 20 20:12 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Tangua, Colombia Jun 12 09:35 4.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Colombia Jun 12 09:35 4.9 10 MAP
    GEOFON Colombia Jun 12 09:35 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Aratoca, Colombia May 31 03:02 5.2 152 MAP

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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