Damaging M5.6 earthquake hits Cartago, Colombia

m5.6 earthquake colombia january 19 2024 location map

A strong earthquake registered by the SGC as M5.6 hit Cartago, Colombia’s Valle del Cauca Department at 11:26 UTC (06:26 local time) on January 19, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 52 km (32 miles). USGS and EMSC are reporting M5.6 at a depth of 61 km (38 miles).

The epicenter was located 5.4 km (3.4 miles) SE of Cartago (population 134 972), 16.1 km (10 miles) NW of Quimbaya (population 35 350), 16.2 km (10.1 miles) ESE of Ansermanuevo (population 12 332), and 22.1 km (13.7 miles) WSW of Pereira (population 467 269), Colombia.

39 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 120 000 strong, 734 000 moderate, and 6 630 000 light.

The USGS issued a Yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response.

Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Colombia.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall with wood and unknown/miscellaneous types construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.

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Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

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Selected cities exposed

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Regional seismicity

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