An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the magnitude scale struck the Colombian capital, Bogota, creating widespread panic and prompting residents to flee their homes, offices, and eateries.
The initial quake was accompanied by subsequent aftershocks, with the second registering at 5.6 magnitude and a later aftershock measuring 4.8. While the tremors rattled the city, no immediate casualties or damages were reported.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) pinpointed the epicenter of both quakes about 100 miles southeast of Bogota. The tremors were felt throughout the metropolis, home to 11 million people, causing buildings to sway and prompting alarms to blare. People rushed to the streets for safety, with similar scenes unfolding in other major cities such as Medellín and Cali.
Videos shared on social media showcased the unsettling quake’s impact, with furniture shaking and chandeliers swaying.
The unpredictable nature of the event left many residents feeling vulnerable, with one Bogota local, Gonzalo Martin, stating, “It makes me feel fragile. Life changes in a second. You can’t do anything, just run for your life.”
Colombia’s civil defense agency reported evacuations in the entire municipality of Calvario, as well as a landslide in the nearby town of Villavicencio. Residents in these areas were on edge, and authorities worked to assess the full extent of the impacts.
As the country grapples with the aftermath of the quake, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the sudden and unpredictable nature of seismic activity, urging communities to stay prepared and vigilant.