Earthquake strikes Colombia

A strong earthquake measuring 6.2 on Richter scale struck off the Pacific Coast of Colombia. At least four people were injured in the country's rural southwest corner.

The quake at 8:49 p.m. Sunday (0149 GMT Monday) was centered 32 kilometers (19 miles) from the surface near the town of El Charco, about 380 kilometers (235 miles) southwest of Bogota, Colombia's geological institute, Ingeominas, reported.

The quake was felt across several states in western Colombia, including the cities of Cali and Popayan.

So far authorities have reported no deaths or major damages.

In the town of El Charco, near the epicenter, Caracol Radio reported there were four people injured after some 20 homes near the coast collapsed or damaged by flooding.

"We'll know more when the sun rises and can do a full survey of the hardest hit area but it doesn't appear to have caused any deaths or major damage," said Carlos Sanchez, a seismologist for Ingeominas.

Earthquakes are a frequent occurrence across the Andean nation, though are rarely deadly.

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Author`s name Angela Antonova