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24 Dec 2019 | 01:48 PM UTC

Colombia: 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes near Lejanías (Meta department) December 24

6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes near Lejanías (Meta department) December 24; aftershocks possible over the coming hours and days

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Event

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck 4 km (2.5 mi) south-southeast of Lejanías (Meta department) around 14:03 (local time) on Tuesday, December 24. A 5.8-magnitude aftershock also reportedly hit the area around 14:19. No casualties or significant material damages were immediately reported.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.  

Advice

Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.