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6.9 earthquake strikes Colombia

A 6.9 earthquake hit southwestern Colombia, about a week after Japan was also struck with a 6.9 earthquake.

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The FARC has taken a toll on Colombia for decades. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A 6.9 earthquake has struck southwestern Colombia today, the US Geological Survey announced. "Authorities said the quake was deep and ask people to stay calm," Colombian media network Caracol said in a Tweet. The quake was centered 6 miles southwest of Pasto but was felt as far away as Bogota, RT News reported.

Pasto has a population of more than 400,000 people. There have been no reports of damage yet, Reuters reported

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Here's the weird part: the quake struck six days after a 6.9 earthquake rocked Japan. In that quake there were strong tremors across Hokkaido island. Luckily, officials say there was no damage to nuclear facilities nearby, the Bangkok Post reported.

 

 

 

 

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