The giant tremor began from the North West of the South American realm, in El Divino, 32 miles (51.5 km) northwest of the city of Tula. It haul down obliterate the country at a depth of 113.3km (70miles). The quake hit at 12pm (8pm GMT).
Columbia inhabitants took to social media moments after the monster quake hit.
One phrased the tremor lasted 30 seconds.
He said: “I grew up in Southern California so I am used to severe quakes.
“This one was unusual in that it lasted for about 30 alternatives. It rumbled, got more intense, faded and got intense once again. Dwellings here were panicked and running in the streets.”
Another said the restriction was “the strongest in the past five years”, while a third commenter asseverated the shake was “like surfing on my bed for 20 seconds”.
The USGS said earthquakes can be prosaic in South America due to an ill defined tectonic plate boundary.
They conjectured in a statement: “Since 1900, the largest earthquakes to occur in this province were the October 29 1900 Magnitude 7.7 Caracas earthquake, and the July 29 1967 Note 6.5 earthquake near this same region.
“Further to the west, a obvious zone of compressive deformation trends southwestward across western Venezuela and pre-eminent Colombia.
“The plate boundary is not well defined across northwestern South America, but deformation mutations from being dominated by Caribbean/South America convergence in the east to Nazca/South America convergence in the west.”
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