Colombia: Strong 6.4 earthquake plunges Cartago, Pereira cities into chaos

Colombia earthquake, with its epicentre buried deep at 115 km, has plunged entire communities into disarray

Medical personnel of the Primavera clinic helps to evacuate patients after a strong earthquake in Villavicencio, Colombia, on August 17, 2023. —Reuters

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has rocked the Colombia region, as reported by the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The quake, with its epicentre buried deep at 115 km (71.46 miles), has plunged entire communities into disarray.

Colombian media paints a grim picture of the disaster, revealing that the temblor struck approximately 5 km southeast of Cartago city, home to some 134,000 souls.

The shockwaves of this natural catastrophe were not confined to Cartago alone; Pereira, a city of nearly 467,000 people situated 22 km southwest, bore the brunt of the quake’s force.

Reports from the ground depict scenes of chaos as the beleaguered residents grapple with the aftermath, Colombian authorities have yet to release any official information regarding the extent of damage or potential casualties.

In the wake of this seismic nightmare, communities are left anxiously awaiting news of their loved ones and the fate of their homes, as the nation braces itself for the long and arduous road to recovery.

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