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Update 08:17 UTC (March 12) : A new roundup is giving us new damage and injuries numbers
* 9 injuries in total : 1 miner in Burawhatever, 1 farmer in Los Santos and the 7 people in Rio Negro
*  At least 275 collapsed houses in Betulia and Rio Negro

Update 17:07 UTC :, Colombia is publishing a new damage list (see below) and states that 226 houses and 11 buildings have been damaged by yesterday's earthquake. Click here for the detailed list

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Important update 08:27 UTC (11/03) : The earthquake was far more damaging than initially thought but luckily no fatalities. A, overview:
- 1 miner injured and additional injuries in Barrancabermeja and Mesa de los Santos
- 41 houses collapsed (40 in Betulia and 1 in Playon)
- damages buildings : 48 in Bogotá, 200 in Bucaramanga, 270 in Betulia
* A very good overview of the reported damage can be read here (Spanish) :

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Update 22:18 UTC : First video of the shaking. This video was recorded in the traffic tower of the Bogotá airport

Damage Reports:
* Cracked stairs in the 7th floor of Colpatria building.
* Ceiling fell at the El Dorado Airport.
* Also ceiling fell in Portal 80 Mall.
* Damage reports in buildings of Suba and Engativa.

* Reports of at least 70% of homes damaged in the Betulia area. (source: Vanguardia newspaper)
* Damaged offices at the local airport.

Los Santos:
* Buildings, churches and malls damaged.

*10 damaged homes in the rural area.

* Phone service collapsed and hasn't been restored in some areas.

Update 22:06 UTC : 12 houses in Betulia have been reported with damage as well as the hospital in Bucaramanga

Update 22:02 UTC : A number of older buildings have sustained damage similar to this one

Update 21:49 UTC : We are getting more reports from damage in Bucaramanga and Bogota, luckily all of it slight damage

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Important to mention here are all those people standing close to the buildings. This is life threatening!!!. Those standing in the open space are behaving perfectly.

Update 21:41 UTC : More reports are coming in from cracked walls and now also from a partially collapsed church in .

landslide in the mountains at the moment of the earthquake

landslide in the mountains at the moment of the earthquake

Update 21:37 UTC : Cracks are being reported in the Justice building of Cucuta. The earthquake was based on the incoming crack reports stronger than mentioned on the shaking map below. We recognize a strong shaking in some places instead of a light shaking shown on the USGS map and the list below.

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Update 21:34 UTC : We are seeing reports now from cracks in apartment buildings in Tachira, Venezuela

Update 21:23 UTC : People are reporting already hairline cracks in walls. Some people are also reporting strong shaking. The local Colombian seismological agency is reporting a Magnitude of 6.6.

Update 21:20 UTC : The earthquake was felt as far as Panama and Venezuela (typical for deep earthquakes). The parliament in Bogota as well as many office buildings were evacuated after the earthquake. 50 years ago a similar also deep earthquake left 10 people dead in the same region. Luckily we are now 2015 and the houses have much more resistance than in earlier times.

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Update 21:09 UTC : With a depth of 165 km we do not expect that this earthquake will inflict serious damage. Slight damage like a crack in a wall is always possible

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14km (9mi) N of Aratoca, Colombia
18km (11mi) SSE of Piedecuesta, Colombia
27km (17mi) SSE of Floridablanca, Colombia
31km (19mi) SSE of Giron, Colombia
272km (169mi) NNE of Bogota, Colombia

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-03-10 15:55:44

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-03-10 20:55:44

Depth (Hypocenter) : 178 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Northern Colombia Mar 10 20:55 6.2 145 MAP
  • Bogotá - Moderate shaking, no damage to property
  • Bogota - I was scare, was strong
  • Bogota - building shook for about 10-15 seconds it seems
  • Bogota - no damage, but was inside a very solidly built building...given the nature of the building, the shaking was very noticeable.
  • Medellín - No damage
  • Cartagena, Bolivar - No damages.
  • Barranquilla - Moderate shaking - no property damage
  • Barranquilla - I was on the fifth floor of a building on Calle 74 in Barranquilla. Shaking was noticeable and lasted maybe 15 seconds. Not severe here.
  • Valledupar - Sismo intensidad 1 o 2
  • Guarne - No damage, but enough shaking that we had to leave the house until it was over. it lasted about 45 seconds to a minute.
  • Bogota - Hairline cracks on walls. Shacking rattled objects and doors. On higher buildings, objects fell of shelves.
  • Barranquilla - The tremor was very light, not many persons felt it but in many places of colombia people report that the shaking was very hard
  • Medellin - Barely felt it but duration moved us to evacuate the building.
  • Bogota - No damage, building swayed.
  • Bogota - Fortunately buildings stood up and no lifes were lost
  • Neiva - I live on an 8th floor and I was watching TV at the moment of the earthquake. Me and my wife felt the shake for about 1 minute.
  • Bogotá - No daños hasta el momento muchos edificios evacuados, un buen susto!
  • Aguachica (Cesar) - So far I have not noticed any damage to property but people in general felt the shaking for about one minute.
  • Bogota - Prolonged period of damage. Neighbors reported items falling from walls and shelves
  • Bogota - no damages in Bogota reported so far
  • San Cristóbal - Fuerte temblor, los vidrios del centro comercial vibraban mucho, horrible, todos estaban corriendo y gritando.
  • Bogota - Ceilingplates fell down in the departure hall
  • Medellin - Experience moderate shaking , hairline cracks seen in property
  • Monteria, Cordoba - No damage. Shaking was like in a slowly rocking boat in a light sea. Time about 15 seconds.
  • EMSC Northern Colombia Mar 10 20:55 6.2 178 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Aratoca, Colombia Mar 10 20:55 6.2 157 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) ?
    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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