6.3 quake rocks Colombian capital, leaving one dead

6.3 quake rocks Colombian capital, leaving one dead


Residents of the Colombian capital Bogota were thrown into a panic on Thursday when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Colombian national geological service reported the earthquake as a magnitude of 6.1. Shock and terror were felt throughout the bustling Park 93 district, and there were reports of one woman falling to her death.

Adrian Alarcon, 43, who works near the district, recounted the quake as “strong and lasting a long time.” He said “it makes me feel fragile.” As of yet, there have been no reports on major damage caused by the earthquake.

Tragedy struck in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital yesterday, when a woman fell to her death out of a window during the quake, Mayor Claudia Lopez reported on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
“We regret to report the only serious incident reported: a woman threw herself from the 10th floor of a residential building in Madelena, apparently due to nerves,” said Lopez. ” We’re accompanying those who were in the house with medical teams.”

The quake also caused damage to Colombia’s Chamber of Representatives, where a plaster decoration shook free from the ceiling and fell onto a desk below. However, no one was injured. The Chamber of Representatives said in a statement posted on X.

Residents of the southeastern municipality of Calvario near Colombia’s capital, Bogota, have been evacuated following a series of earthquakes. Reports from the Civil Defense Agency also mentioned damages to windows in the area and a landslide in nearby Villavicencio which personnel are currently checking for more impacts.

Witnesses described how the streets were rapidly filled with people after the initial quake, followed by two more in quick succession. The Colombian National Geological Service measured the second quake at a magnitude 5.6 and the following aftershock at 4.8.

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