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9/11/2007

Powerful quake rattles Colombia-Ecuador border region

Columbia, S.A.

BOGOTA -- A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the open-ended Richter scale struck Colombia's Pacific coastline near the border with Ecuador on Sunday, Colombian authorities said.

The quake shook much of southwest Colombia, but early reports gave no indications of victims or destruction.

Colombia's Geographical and Mining Institute said the epicenter was located in El Chorro, in the department of Narino, on the border with Ecuador, and had a depth of 32 kilometers (20 miles).

The US Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.9 magnitude on its scale, and said it struck at 8:49 p.m. (0149 GMT) some 140 kilometers north-northeast of Tumaco, and 166 kilometers southwest of Buenaventura, Colombia's main port on the Pacific.

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