| 1 December 2023, Friday |

Magnitude 6.3 quake shakes Colombian capital, one dead

A stromg earthquake of 6.3 magnitude slammed Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, causing terrified inhabitants to escape into the street and killing a woman.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage from the 6.1 magnitude quake, according to Colombia’s national geological office.

“It was strong, and lasted a long time, said Adrian Alarcon, 43, who works near the capital’s busy Park 93 district.

“It makes me feel fragile,” he added. “Life changes in a second. You can’t do anything, just run for your life.”

Tragedy struck in the southeast of the capital, where one woman fell to her death out of a window during the quake, Mayor Claudia Lopez said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

“We deeply regret the only serious incident reported: a woman threw herself from the 10th floor of a residential building in Madelena, apparently due nerves. We’re accompanying those who were with her in the house with medical teams,” Lopez said.

Colombia’s Congress reported damages to the chamber of representatives, where the earthquake shook a plaster decoration free from the ceiling and onto a desk below.

No one was hurt, the chamber of representatives said in a message posted on X.

Colombia’s civil defense agency noted residents had been evacuated in the entire municipality of Calvario, southeast of the capital. Windows in the area were damaged by the quakes.

In nearby Villavicencio, the agency reported a landslide and said its staff was checking for more impacts.

The initial quake was followed by aftershocks minutes later as people crowded the city’s streets. Colombia’s national geological service estimated the second quake at a 5.6 magnitude, with the following aftershock measured at 4.8.

  • Reuters