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Magnitude 7.3 Quake Rattles Colombia; No Deaths Reported

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit near the city of Popayan in southwest Colombia today at a depth of 162 kilometers (100 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Colombia’s government said no injuries have been reported from the temblor, which took place at 11:31 a.m. local time, Bogota-based broadcaster RCN Noticias reported, citing Jaime Raigosa, who coordinates the country’s seismological network.

The depth of the quake may have blunted its impact, RCN reported. The temblor damaged some homes in western Colombia, the broadcaster said.

Tremors lasting as long as one minute were felt in Bogota, Cali, Medellin and other major cities in the South American country, according to reports on Bogota-based newspaper El Tiempo’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Jarvie in Buenos Aires at rjarvie@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net

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