At 12:04 pm, a 6.1 magnitude tremor on the Richter scale shook the heart of the country, followed by at least two aftershocks that were strongly felt by the public. Colombians have reported some damage caused by tectonic movements in Cuetame, Guayavetar, Villavicencio and even Bogota, further boosting the video response to this natural phenomenon.
One of the places that showed the most damage was Bogotá’s Capitol, where fragments of the roof dome fell, but no injuries were reported as no events or political discussions were taking place.
Meanwhile, in the city of Guayavetar, Cundinamarca. Considering the jurisdiction’s proximity to the location of El Calvario in Meta, the main epicenter, the façade of the building showed damage from the shaking.
In Villavicencio, Meta state, there was some damage, considering not only the effects of the El Calvario earthquake, but also the effects of aftershocks in the capital of the aforementioned province. Both shopping centers and some buildings were evicted by authorities, including the Clinic del Meta, whose staff had to move patients from the facilities.
At least 30 houses have been damaged in Gachara, according to the fire department. Some are reported to be completely destroyed, while others are cracked, with representatives of the entity saying they will be confirmed within the next few minutes.
Meanwhile, the Bogotá Fire Department said a fatality had been reported in the south of the city. A woman jumped from her seventh floor during a panic attack. Because despite the persuasion of a few neighbors, she ended up flying into the void.
At the moment, the same planet, Earth, exhibits a wide range of dynamics regarding its movements, so it is not only predictable when it will weaken, but also its strength, magnitude, depth and other important factors.
according to the doctor John Macario London No BonilladColombian Geological Service (SGC) Director of GeohazardsDespite Colombia’s extensive equipment for detecting earthquakes, it is impossible to predict them, he said.
“Earthquakes are impossible to predict for a number of reasons. First, because the Earth is so dynamic, second, the entire Earth is likely to shake, and areas that can shake at any time is so vast that we need to detect its exact location on Earth.” Where it will sway is not possible with the technology we have at the moment, and even if it could. Even so, it will still be very difficult to predict what will happen. “
Infobae consulted experts because residents are demanding advances in technology that can predict earthquakes. But a more important concept emerges: prevention. This will allow the public to carry out previous activities during and after an earthquake or tremor.
Flover Rodriguez Portillo managing director of Columbia Association of Energy Geologists and Geophysicists (ACGGP) he pointed out:
“Which is more important, predicting an earthquake or preparing for the damage that the area may suffer? If I say that an earthquake of this magnitude will occur.” I would like to send out that despair, or rather, that to society for hours. It is more important that we invest in preparing our territories, prepare them in terms of infrastructure and social education, and ensure that our societies are ready to participate in such events. is. “
On the contrary, John Macario Londoño Bonilla, Director of Geological Threats, Geological Agency of Colombia (SGC) Added:
“The important thing is that both of us are prepared to manage individually, and since risk management is a social process from one person to the highest authority, it is a matter of shared responsibility and should have their own plans, such as family emergencies, where are we, and what kit do we have at home in case of an earthquake?”