A 6.6-magnitude earthquake (Richter scale) shook Colombia the afternoon of 10 March 2015. The epicenter was located 7.4 km from the municipality of Los Santos, department of Santander, with a depth of 161 km. Four municipalities in eight departments have reported some type of damage. At least 140 houses in the Betulia municipality of the department of Santander (25 km from Los Santos) suffered damage, some may not be safe.
The Ministry of Health and the Risk Management National Unit have informed that five hospitals in the department of Santander suffered damage in the following municipalities: El Playón, Barrancabermeja, Vélez, Barichara, and Betulia.
Assistance is being provided by local and national authorities. UNGRD is preparing an assessment evaluation in order to provide assistance to the affected.