Magnitude 5 Earthquake Strikes Columbia

15km N of Aratoca, Colombia

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Aratoca in Colombia. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 144.15 km (90 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 01:27:17 / 1:27 am (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 09/03/16 / 2016-03-09 06:27:17 / March 9, 2016 @ 6:27 am. Unique identifier: us10004w8b. Ids that are associated to the event: us10004w8b. Exact location, longitude -73.0335° West, latitude 6.8343° North, depth = 144.15 km.

Epicenter of the event was 34 km (21 miles) from Bucaramanga (c. 571 800 pop), 26 km (16 miles) from Floridablanca (c. 252 300 pop), 94 km (59 miles) from Barrancabermeja (c. 191 400 pop), 30 km (19 miles) from Girón (c. 108 500 pop), 17 km (11 miles) from Piedecuesta (c. 86 400 pop), 74 km (46 miles) from Pamplona (c. 53 600 pop), 33 km (20 miles) from San Gil (c. 33 600 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Colombia (c. 47 790 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Yondó, Chinácota, Belén (min 5000 pop).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days thirty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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