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Quake shakes Colombian capital

world Updated: May 25, 2008 03:36 IST

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A strong earthquake jolted Colombia's capital Bogota on Saturday, sending thousands of panicky residents into the streets.

The quake shook this Andean capital for several seconds. State agency Ingeominas put the strength of the quake which hit at 0050 IST (Sunday) at 5.5.

The US Geological Survey in Colorado put the magnitude of the quake at 5.7 with its centre about 54 kilometres east-southeast of Bogota.

Thousands in the capital stood stunned and panicked in the street under heavy drizzle. Firefighters and police were mobilised but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.