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26 Jan 2019 | 03:48 PM UTC

Colombia: 5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes near Santa María Jan. 26

Colombia News Alert

5.6-magnitude earthquake strikes near Santa María (Huila department) January 26; aftershocks possible over the coming hours and days

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/26/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/28/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Huila, Valle del Cauca, Tolima, Bogotá


A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit 13 km (8 mi) west-northwest of Santa María (Huila department) at approximately 07:30 (local time) on Saturday, January 26, although there were no immediate reports or damages or injuries. Residents in the cities of Cali (Valle del Cauca department), Ibagué (Tolima department), and Neiva (Huila department) reported shaking, while officials in the capital Bogotá indicated the fire department has been deployed to check for structural damage. Aftershocks are possible in the area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected area of Colombia are advised to monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. During an earthquake, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows and exterior walls, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from any tall structures, such as buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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