A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck El Cantón de San Pablo, Chocó, Colombia on August 28, 2023, at around 16:44 GMT. The earthquake was felt in several nearby towns and cities, including Quibdó, the capital of Chocó. However, there are no reports of damage or injuries.
The earthquake was caused by the movement of tectonic plates along the Chocó Fault. The Chocó Fault is a major fault line that runs along the western coast of Colombia. It is responsible for many of the earthquakes that occur in the region.
The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks, the largest of which was a magnitude 4.8 earthquake. The aftershocks are expected to continue for several days.
The Colombian government has activated its emergency response plan and is monitoring the situation. Residents in the affected areas are advised to stay safe and follow the instructions of local authorities.
The earthquake is a reminder of the seismic activity that occurs in Colombia. The country is located in a seismically active region and is prone to earthquakes. Residents of Colombia should be prepared for earthquakes and know what to do in the event of an earthquake.
Here are some tips for staying safe during an earthquake:
- Drop, cover, and hold on. This is the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake.
- Stay away from windows, doors, and other objects that could fall.
- If you are in a building, move to a safe place, such as a doorway or under a sturdy table.
- If you are outside, move to a clear area away from buildings and trees.
- Do not use elevators.
- Stay tuned to local radio or television for updates.