Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Double earthquake in Colombia Today, Saturday May 13: epicenter and magnitude

On May 13 at approximately 8:04 am, the Colombian Geological Service (SGC) recorded a magnitude 3.8 earthquake in the municipality of Los Santos in the Department of Santander.

The unit confirmed through a bulletin that this new telluric movement occurred at a depth of 152 km from the surface.

Morning earthquake

To the previous movement, another is added that occurred at the same point in the morning hours with a magnitude of 3.2.

The unit confirmed through a bulletin that it appeared at a depth of 153 km from the surface at around 9:04 am.

So far, there have been no reports of damage to the infrastructure or community of this small municipality located in one of the most seismically active areas in the country.

Seismically active

This earthquake is part of the 2,500 telluric movements that are registered every month in the country and whose activity is particularly strong along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, in the Caribbean region and around the three mountain ranges where Bucaramanga is the seismic nest.

The SGC explained to Caracol Radio in the past that Colombia is a seismically active country, which means that, Due to its geological and tectonic configuration, there are several plates that are in contact over a large part of the national territory.,

What to do during an earthquake?

In case such a situation arises, the first recommendation is to avoid clinging to walls, glass or furniture such as shelves that could fall. In return, have one on hand First Aid Kit first aid, Which also includes other items such as:

  • flashlight.
  • Whistle to send signal.
  • Radio with battery.
  • Extinguisher.

On the other hand, if you live in an area with a high earthquake risk, it is convenient for the family, especially if there are minors, to organize a plan of action and rehearse a drill from time to time. In these situations it is important to determine the safety point, Whether at home, at school or at work.

Seismic nest

The Colombian Geological Service clarified that there are few places in the country where earthquakes can be recorded daily and that accumulate 60% of the seismicity in Colombia: among which the Bucaramanga seismic nest stands out.

The entity explained that a seismic nest is “an area where an unusual concentration of seismic activity can be observed more or less continuously.” The special thing about this phenomenon is that so far only three have been documented in the world.

These correspond to the seismic nests of Vrancia (Romania) in Eastern Europe and the Hindu-Kush (Afghanistan) on the impressive Himalayan mountain range, which is home to some of the world’s tallest peaks.

“From the SGC, the entity in charge of monitoring and reporting earthquakes in the country, we recall that there is no scientifically proven method that allows earthquakes to be predicted,” the unit concluded.

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