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Eight people injured and buildings damaged in Colombian quake

Published: 5:17AM Sunday February 10, 2013 Source: ONE News

  • A reading from a seismograph (Source: ISTOCKPHOTO)
    A reading from a seismograph - Source: ISTOCKPHOTO

A powerful earthquake injured eight people and damaged more than 140 buildings in Colombia over night.

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at 7.0 magnitude.

Its epicentre was 10 km southwest of Pasto a city of 400, 000 people, near the border with Ecuador, and was 130 km deep.

The destruction concentrated in 17 municipalities in southwestern Colombia, the national disaster risk management unit said via Twitter.

However, the quake did not generate a tsunami warning Carlos Ivan Marquez from the national disaster risk management unit said.

One of the wounded was a child who fell from the second floor of a building and broke a leg, he said.

In Cali, Colombia's third largest city, a clinic was evacuated.

In the town of San Pedro, a church collapsed, apparently without causing any casualties.