Quake of magnitude 6.7 hits western Colombian coast

17 November 2004 | 11:31 Code : 4484 Geoscience events
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director of Colombia's Institute of Geology and Mining, who gave the epicenter as the village of Puerto Pizarro in the jungle department of Choco, on ...
director of Colombia's Institute of Geology and Mining, who gave the epicenter as the village of Puerto Pizarro in the jungle department of Choco, on Colombia's Pacific coast.Seismic authorities in the United States and France   measured the quake at seven on the Richter scale.The US Geological Survey said the epicenter was 95 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of the coastal city of Buenaventura, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).The quake was also reported by the Earth Sciences Observatory in Strasbourg, France . Villarroel said authorities were evaluating damage along the Pacific coast where the quake was most strongly felt.The region has been hit by a half dozen quakes of magnitude six or more in the last 15 years; one of them, measuring seven, struck in November 1991.

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