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Strong 6.9 earthquake strikes Colombia; minor injuries reported


An intensity map shows the location of a strong 7-magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Colombia.

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted southwestern Colombia on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, causing damage to more than 100 homes and injuring six people.

The quake, centered 6 miles southwest of Pasto, was 80.5 miles deep and was felt in Quito, Ecuador, 123 miles away, where buildings shook for at least two minutes, Reuters reported. Some residents were evacuated briefly in the Colombian capital, Bogota.

Five adults and a child suffered minor injuries and more than 100 buildings, mainly private homes, were damaged, Reuters reported.

"For the time being, the assessment shows that 124 homes, a health clinic and three schools have been damaged, and a church was destroyed, but no one was killed or disappeared," said Carlos Ivan Marquez, the head of the national emergency services office.

Marquez said they have not issued a tsunami warning and there have been no aftershocks. 

USGS originally reported the tremor, which happened at 9:16 a.m. ET, had a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.