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A powerful earthquake has shaken Colombia’s capital and different main cities

Residents collect exterior their properties after a quake was felt in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook Colombia’s capital and different main cities on Thursday, in line with reviews by United States Geological service. USGS reported a second 5.7 magnitude quake shortly after the primary. (AP Picture/Ricardo Mazalan)

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BOGOTA, Colombia — A powerful earthquake adopted rapidly by a powerful aftershock shook Colombia’s capital and different main cities Thursday, sending panicked residents out onto the streets and inflicting minor injury to Colombia’s congressional chamber.

The U.S. Geological Survey stated the preliminary quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and the aftershock a preliminary magnitude of 5.7. The epicenters of each quakes have been about 100 miles ( 160 kilometers) southeast of Bogota, in line with USGS. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake rattled Colombia later Thursday night.

Folks within the capital metropolis of 11 million felt buildings and flooring rumble within the noon quake, and alarms blared as throngs of residents left their properties and gathered exterior.

“All the pieces was shifting, and other people got here out screaming, ‘It’s shaking, it’s shaking!’,” Bogota resident Gonzalo Martin stated. “Lots of people began to hurry out onto the road due to the tremor.”

Paula Henao, the Bogota fireplace division’s deputy director of operations, stated one individual died after they panicked and jumped from the seventh ground of a constructing.

A patch of the ornate stonework from the ceiling of the round corridor of Colombia’s Home of Representatives in Bogota fell onto the seating space for lawmakers, in line with a video posted on an official congressional social media account on X, previously generally known as Twitter. The chamber was unoccupied on the time, and no person there was damage.

The earthquake was additionally felt in different huge cities like Medellín and Cali.

Movies on social media confirmed furnishings shaking and chandeliers swinging throughout the quake.

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