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Earthquake Hazards Program

News Release

Monday, November 15, 2004 at 09:06:56 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred NEAR THE WEST COAST OF COLOMBIA about 95 km (60 miles) north northwest of Buenaventura or about 395 km (240 miles) west of Bogota at 2:06 AM MST, Nov 15, 2004 (4:06 AM local time in Colombia). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused damage due to its location and size.

Two people seriously injured, four others slightly injured, at least 154 buildings destroyed and 290 damaged in Bajo Baudo. Seven people injured and at least 67 houses destroyed or damaged at Buenaventura. One person injured and some buildings damaged at Cerrito. Buildings damaged at El Cairo, Jamundi and Restrepo. Some damage and power and telephone service interrupted at Cali. Power interrupted at Bogota. Felt at Armenia, Quibdo and in much of western and central Colombia.


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