Earthquake Hits Colombia

On Sunday, a powerful earthquake hit Colombia near Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali due to a subducting Nazca plate.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the quake was a 7.3 on the Richter scale.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, or damage despite the exceptional intensity of the quake.

Recent significant earthquakes in Columbia include a 5.6 on the Richter scale in 2008, and a 6.7 in 2004.

The last quake above 7 on the Richter scale in the country was a 7.9 which hit in December of 1979 killing an estimated 600 people.

By far, the deadliest quake to hit Colombia in recorded history was believed to be 7.5 on the Richter scale, which was believed to have claimed an astonishing 10,000 lives in May, of 1875.

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