September 30, 2012 – A 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Struck Southern Columbia: Here is the latest release from the Associated Press:
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An earthquake has struck southwestern Colombia centered deep underground with a magnitude the U.S. Geological Survey’s preliminary estimate puts at 7.3. (Note: Yamkin notice of USGS revision from 7.1 to 7.3 and depth from 150 Kms to 168 included as comment – thanks Yamkin.)
There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the region from the Sunday temblor.
The USGS says the quake struck at 11:31 a.m. local time 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the regional capital of Popayan. It says it was centered at a depth of 105 miles (168 kilometers).
A quake this large and deep will be felt over a large land mass. Significant damage and loss of life are likely. Here is a Google Earth view of the quake:
Today’s quake was 6 miles WNW of Isnos, Colombia; 41 miles southwest of La Plata, Colombia and 214 miles northeast of Quito, Ecuador (see map).
The quake struck at 11:31AM local time and 4:31PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) – London.
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