Dozens of Colombian homes were damaged after the 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the southwest of the country and an aftershock measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale hit the Cauca province on Sunday, reported local media.
The aftershock occurred in the municipality of La Vega, in the southwestern province of Cauca, just hours after the Colombian Geological Service registered a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in the same area.
The United States Geological Survey claimed Sunday the 7.3 earthquake began at 11:30AM local time with its epicenter in Isnos, a municipality just east of Cauca.
Authorities claimed the earthquakes damaged a number of homes but left no fatalities. “No one was killed or injured and in total, between 25 and 30 homes had some kind of impact,” said the director of the Office of Risk Management, Carlos Ivan Marquez, Sunday evening.
The tremors were felt in as many as 12 departments such as: Huila, Nariño, Valle, Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Tolima, Risas, Caldas and Quindio. There have been reports that the seismic movements were felt along the Ecuadorian border as well.
The last time an earthquake of a similar magnitude occurred was in Popayan, the capital of Cauca, in 1983, when 250 Colombians lost their lives and 1,500 were left injured.