Magnitude-4.9 earthquake shakes northern Colombia

July 21, 2009 9:59 pm 

BOGOTA, July 22 — An earthquake of moderate strength shook northern Colombia on Tuesday, with no injuries or property damage reported so far, the National Seismological Network of Colombia (NSNC) announced.

The NSNC said the earthquake took place at 2:54 a.m. local time (3:54 p.m. in Manila) in the northern department of Santander.

Measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, the tremor had its epicenter some 8.8 kilometers from the municipality of Rionegro, at a depth of about 146 kilometers, said the NSNC.

The quake was felt in the department capital Bucaramanga, with thousands of local residents awakened from sleep.

"The earthquake has caused neither casualties nor property damage so far in the surrounding areas of the epicenter," said Cesar David Lopez, director of the Geology and Mining Institute of Colombia.

On Monday evening, an earthquake of magnitude 3.4 hit the city of San Joaquin in the same department, causing no injuries or damage. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM/ebp

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