BOGOTA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale jolted a large part of Colombia Saturday, causing a few injuries, according with the Risk Management Unit of Colombia.
The epicenter, with a depth of 153.80 km, was initially determined to be at 1.1665 degrees north latitude and 77.3837 degrees west longitude by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The General Director of the Risk Management Unit, Ivan Marques, said the quake had its epicenter in the province of Narino and that a few people were slightly injured and some houses damaged. Some areas were evacuated. "Fortunately, we didn't have great areas affected, nor people missing or killed, and the threat of a tsunami has dissipated, so as of now we are combing the streets, we have the alert scheme on and working, according to the orders of President (Juan Manuel Santos)", Marquez said.
The Colombian Government has all the resources needed to face the emergency and to achieve a fast recovery after the powerful earthquake that shook the southwestern part of the country in the Andean region, the coffee producing belt and a part of Ecuador, Marquez added.
The seismic network of Colombia (Ingeominas) reported a 6.9 Richter scale earthquake with a depth of 186 kilometers.