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5.6 magnitude earthquake in Colombia leaves one injured and damages homes, schools and a hospital

BOGOTÁ (AP).– A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook central and southwestern Colombia on Friday without causing fatalities, but one person was injured and there were multiple damages in homes, schools and a hospital, according to the government.

The earthquake recorded at 6:26 local time, with a depth of 33 kilometers, had as its epicenter Ansermanuevo, a small municipality of 15 thousand inhabitants located in the department of Valle del Cauca, according to the Colombian Geological Service.

Then four aftershocks with magnitudes between 3 and 3.6 with similar depths were detected, the entity added.

“It is an intermediate magnitude. However, the depth and poor constructions (without earthquake resistance)… could possibly present some types of damage,” said the technical director of Geoamenazas, John Makario Londoño, in a video released to the press.

The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) reported through a statement an injury – without specifying its severity – in the epicenter municipality of the earthquake and damage to infrastructure in 14 municipalities in the departments of Valle del Cauca, Risaralda and Caldas.

In the municipality of Águila, a hospital was damaged with multiple cracks after the earthquake, so it was evacuated and a structural evaluation will be carried out. While two schools reported breakdowns in the municipalities of Ansermanuevo and Santa Rosa. In Colombia, most public schools start their school calendar in the last week of January.

The Army reported that it is supporting debris removal efforts in some damaged homes.

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