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 Food Freedom News

By Oscar León
The Real News

Colombians in Trafalgar Square show their support for the farmers' strike in Colombia. Protesters are demonstrating against the free trade agreement with the US; seed multinationals; GMO crops, and seed patents. Photo by Andres Pantoja

Colombians in Trafalgar Square show their support for the farmers’ strike in Colombia. Protesters are demonstrating against the free trade agreement with the US; seed multinationals; GMO crops, and seed patents. Photo by Andres Pantoja

On Sept. 10 in Colombia, after 21 days of a nationwide strike by thousands of farmers, who were supported by bus and truck drivers, miners, students, and others joining massive demonstrations in cities and towns all around the country in places as far as Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Cauca, Huila, Putumayo, Caldas, Cundinamarca, and Nariño, and blocking more than 40 roads, in an historic moment, protesting farmers forced the Colombian government to negotiate the rejection of a farm bill and the release of detained protesters.

On Sunday, September 8, Vice President Angelino Garzón met with the Strike Negotiating Commission in Popayan and agreed to suspend Law 970, the one that gave control over seeds to the government [which made it illegal for farmers to save seeds, any seeds, forcing them to buy patented ones].

They also were promised the release of the 648 arrested during the strike and the creation of a new mining law.

Under this first and provisional agreement, the government will compensate the farmers for their losses when competing with cheaper products imported under as much as ten free market treaties with countries all around the world. In other cases it will suspend the importation of such products.

The strike was ended and negotiations started to discuss the farmers’ proposals. The process of negotiation, as well as the final agreement and its implementation, will be verified by the United Nations.

In Putumayo in the south of the country, farmers leaders and other actors of Colombian society met with President Santos and other authorities and officially started the negotiations after signing the initial document.

The destruction of the farmers’ rice stock seeds, seeds they were keeping for the following year’s planting time, occurred in Campo Alegre and other towns in 2012. For some these images became the symbol of the farmers’ strike fighting for the right to keep their seeds. Seed control was described by President Santos as having Colombia “tune up to international reality”.

Having the Law 970 suspended is a partial yet symbolic victory for Colombia’s social movement. Not only they got the seed control suspended, but most importantly, they got the Government to recognize their leadership, the Mesa de interlocución agraria, Agricultural Dialogue Table, which was elected by the the Coalition of Colombia’s Social and Political Movements to negotiatie with the government when they were organizing the strike.

The press reported a number attempts by the government to negotiate and extract concessions with various farmer groups. But 13 regions where still on strike, and the government was forced to finally sit down on the farmers’ table and negotiate.

This is a profound contrast with Colombia’s recent past. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International have documented attacks on Colombian farmers and union leaders, who have been kidnapped, tortured, and massacred by paramilitary forces, and sometimes even by the army, according to a number of reports published by Amnesty International.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR23/038/2013/en

Index Number: AMR 23/035/2013

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR23/035/2013/en/ab9d3e3a-ccac-401d-99d8-dc3855a7247b/amr230352013en.pdf

One of the towns that initiated the social strife was El Catatumbo, in Tibu, north of Santander in the northwest of Colombia, where local farmers resisted 51 days in street battles like this one in the video.

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Students and labour unions to march in support of farmers unhappy with free trade agreements

Demonstrators and riot policemen near Bogota Colombia

Demonstrators banging on pots in support of farmers at the entrance of La Calera near Bogotá. Photograph: Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters

Colombia‘s largest cities were braced on Thursday for marches by students and labour unions in support of a growing nationwide strike by miners, truckers, coffee growers, milk producers and potato farmers protesting against everything from high fuel prices to free trade agreements that farmers say have them on the brink of bankruptcy.

The protests began on 19 August, with demonstrators joining striking miners,to block some of the country’s main highways using tree branches, rocks and burning tyres. At least one protester and one policeman have died in the demonstrations, dozens have been injured and more than 150 have been arrested.

The protests spread to the cities where residents banged pots in solidarity with the farmers after president Juan Manuel Santos, in a failed effort to downplay the importance of the strikes, said the “supposed national farmers’ strike does not exist”.

Forced to apologise for the statement, he sent out high-level officials to begin negotiating separately with the different sectors. “We recognise that the farmers’ protests respond to real needs and problems. We are listening to them and offering solutions,” Santos said on Wednesday night.

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At least 20 injured as police, protesters clash in Colombian capital

Souce:Xinhua Publish By Updated 30/08/2013 7:05 pm i

At least 20 people were injured and some stores damaged here on Thursday in clashes between riot police and demonstrators gathering at central Bolivar Square to show support for striking farmers.

Local media reported that as many as 30,000 people, including more than 20,000 university students, began the protest three days ago at the square to support a nationwide farmers strike. The clashes broke out as several groups of young demonstrators attacked the police.

At least 20 people, including protesters as well as policemen, were injured as the police tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons, local media said.

In a related development, supporters of the farmers also clashed with riot police trying to remove roadblocks and waterworks pipes placed by demonstrators on the South Highway to Bogota.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Colombia  - 6.6 Mag EQ  8.13.13 photo Colombia-66MagEQ81313_zps06d9d478.jpg

M6.6 – 102km WSW of Mutis, Colombia

2013-08-13 15:43:14 UTC

Earthquake location 5.757°N, 78.200°W

Event Time

  1. 2013-08-13 15:43:14 UTC
  2. 2013-08-13 10:43:14 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-08-13 10:43:14 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

5.757°N 78.200°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 102km (63mi) WSW of Mutis, Colombia
  2. 170km (106mi) W of Quibdo, Colombia
  3. 180km (112mi) WNW of Istmina, Colombia
  4. 189km (117mi) WNW of Tado, Colombia
  5. 386km (240mi) SSE of Panama, Panama

Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Caribbean Region and Vicinity

Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos). Inclined zones of deep earthquakes (Wadati-Benioff zones), ocean trenches, and arcs of volcanoes clearly indicate subduction of oceanic lithosphere along the Central American and Atlantic Ocean margins of the Caribbean plate, while crustal seismicity in Guatemala, northern Venezuela, and the Cayman Ridge and Cayman Trench indicate transform fault and pull-apart basin tectonics.

Along the northern margin of the Caribbean plate, the North America plate moves westwards with respect to the Caribbean plate at a velocity of approximately 20 mm/yr. Motion is accommodated along several major transform faults that extend eastward from Isla de Roatan to Haiti, including the Swan Island Fault and the Oriente Fault. These faults represent the southern and northern boundaries of the Cayman Trench. Further east, from the Dominican Republic to the Island of Barbuda, relative motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate becomes increasingly complex and is partially accommodated by nearly arc-parallel subduction of the North America plate beneath the Caribbean plate. This results in the formation of the deep Puerto Rico Trench and a zone of intermediate focus earthquakes (70-300 km depth) within the subducted slab. Although the Puerto Rico subduction zone is thought to be capable of generating a megathrust earthquake, there have been no such events in the past century. The last probable interplate (thrust fault) event here occurred on May 2, 1787 and was widely felt throughout the island with documented destruction across the entire northern coast, including Arecibo and San Juan. Since 1900, the two largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the August 4, 1946 M8.0 Samana earthquake in northeastern Hispaniola and the July 29, 1943 M7.6 Mona Passage earthquake, both of which were shallow thrust fault earthquakes. A significant portion of the motion between the North America plate and the Caribbean plate in this region is accommodated by a series of left-lateral strike-slip faults that bisect the island of Hispaniola, notably the Septentrional Fault in the north and the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault in the south. Activity adjacent to the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden Fault system is best documented by the devastating January 12, 2010 M7.0 Haiti strike-slip earthquake, its associated aftershocks and a comparable earthquake in 1770.

Moving east and south, the plate boundary curves around Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles where the plate motion vector of the Caribbean plate relative to the North and South America plates is less oblique, resulting in active island-arc tectonics. Here, the North and South America plates subduct towards the west beneath the Caribbean plate along the Lesser Antilles Trench at rates of approximately 20 mm/yr. As a result of this subduction, there exists both intermediate focus earthquakes within the subducted plates and a chain of active volcanoes along the island arc. Although the Lesser Antilles is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the Caribbean, few of these events have been greater than M7.0 over the past century. The island of Guadeloupe was the site of one of the largest megathrust earthquakes to occur in this region on February 8, 1843, with a suggested magnitude greater than 8.0. The largest recent intermediate-depth earthquake to occur along the Lesser Antilles arc was the November 29, 2007 M7.4 Martinique earthquake northwest of Fort-De-France.

The southern Caribbean plate boundary with the South America plate strikes east-west across Trinidad and western Venezuela at a relative rate of approximately 20 mm/yr. This boundary is characterized by major transform faults, including the Central Range Fault and the Boconó-San Sebastian-El Pilar Faults, and shallow seismicity. Since 1900, the largest earthquakes to occur in this region were the October 29, 1900 M7.7 Caracas earthquake, and the July 29, 1967 M6.5 earthquake near this same region. Further to the west, a broad zone of compressive deformation trends southwestward across western Venezuela and central Columbia. The plate boundary is not well defined across northwestern South America, but deformation transitions from being dominated by Caribbean/South America convergence in the east to Nazca/South America convergence in the west. The transition zone between subduction on the eastern and western margins of the Caribbean plate is characterized by diffuse seismicity involving low- to intermediate-magnitude (M<6.0) earthquakes of shallow to intermediate depth.

The plate boundary offshore of Colombia is also characterized by convergence, where the Nazca plate subducts beneath South America towards the east at a rate of approximately 65 mm/yr. The January 31, 1906 M8.5 earthquake occurred on the shallowly dipping megathrust interface of this plate boundary segment. Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench. Convergence rates vary between 72-81 mm/yr, decreasing towards the north. This subduction results in relatively high rates of seismicity and a chain of numerous active volcanoes; intermediate-focus earthquakes occur within the subducted Cocos plate to depths of nearly 300 km. Since 1900, there have been many moderately sized intermediate-depth earthquakes in this region, including the September 7, 1915 M7.4 El Salvador and the October 5, 1950 M7.8 Costa Rica events.

The boundary between the Cocos and Nazca plates is characterized by a series of north-south trending transform faults and east-west trending spreading centers. The largest and most seismically active of these transform boundaries is the Panama Fracture Zone. The Panama Fracture Zone terminates in the south at the Galapagos rift zone and in the north at the Middle America trench, where it forms part of the Cocos-Nazca-Caribbean triple junction. Earthquakes along the Panama Fracture Zone are generally shallow, low- to intermediate in magnitude (M<7.2) and are characteristically right-lateral strike-slip faulting earthquakes. Since 1900, the largest earthquake to occur along the Panama Fracture Zone was the July 26, 1962 M7.2 earthquake.

References for the Panama Fracture Zone:
Molnar, P., and Sykes, L. R., 1969, Tectonics of the Caribbean and Middle America Regions from Focal Mechanisms and Seismicity: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 80, p. 1639-1684.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

Additional Commentary

MW 6.6 (WCMT). Felt in parts of Colombia and Panama.

Instrumental Intensity

ShakeMap Intensity Image


 photo Colombia-66MagEQ81313_zps57d780f7.jpg

Earth Watch Report  –  Volcanic Activity

File:Gamkonora.jpg

Mount Gamkonora Volcano

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27.05.2013 03:00 PM Halmahera island, Indonesia Mount Gamkonora Volcano Volcano Activity 0608-04= Stratovolcano No. 0 Details

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Volcano Activity in Indonesia on Monday, 27 May, 2013 at 17:00 (05:00 PM) UTC.

Description
Increased earthquake activity has triggered an eruption alert by VSI, who raised the volcano’s status to 3 (“Siaga”, “warning”) out of 4 this morning. Indonesian volcanologists reported that the degassing plume from the summit crater of the volcano has turned dark, which suggests the presence of ash (probably phreatic in origin) since 25 May. The seismicity has shown significant changes with the appearance of harmonic tremor, low-frequency “tornillo” type-earthquakes (known from Galeras volcano in Colombia to often precede explosions). Volcanic-tectonic quakes (VA-type) related to rock fracturing have increased a lot, suggesting that magma at depth is intruding into new dykes. No ash plumes have been detected on satellite images. The last activity of Gamkonora goes back to January, when it produced some small phreatic explosions.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Epidemic Hazards

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Today Epidemic Hazard Colombia Municipality of Garzon , Garzon Damage level
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Epidemic Hazard in Colombia on Thursday, 23 May, 2013 at 02:41 (02:41 AM) UTC.

Description
An epidemic of acute respiratory infection (ARI) in the municipality of Garzon in the center of the Department of Huila has resulted in 2 deaths and another 23 people infected with the dangerous illness. Carlos Daniel Mazabel, departmental secretary for health, warned that pregnant women, people older than 60 years, and cancer patients are the most vulnerable groups. The 2 fatal victims to date are a 61-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man, a community leader from the municipality of Garzon, who, according to the medical diagnosis, died after a complicated fever and respiratory distress syndrome.
Biohazard name: Acute respiratory illness
Biohazard level: 4/4 Hazardous
Biohazard desc.: Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed

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Acute respiratory infections: a review*

Abstract

Acute respiratory infections (ARI) constitute one of the principal causes of morbidity and mortality in many countries. Data from 88 countries in five continents, with a total population of nearly 1200 million, showed that deaths due to ARI in 1972 amounted to 666 000. Pneumonia, both viral and bacterial, accounted for 75.5% of the total deaths from ARI. Mortality from ARI represents 6.3% of deaths from all causes. Considerable differences in mortality rates exist both between and within continents. Mortality from ARI is highest in infants and old people. The data suggest that in some areas of the world mortality due to ARI is extremely high.

 

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Correo del Orinoco Engish Edition
Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:18 CST

Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the heightening of measures against economic sabotage in the country last Friday after meeting with President Hugo Chavez, currently recovering from cancer surgery in the military hospital Dr. Carlos Arvelo in Caracas.

Maduro reported that the convalescing head of state gave orders to confront sectors of the Venezuelan private sector that through hoarding and price-hiking have been attempting to sow instability in the country.

“The President was very clear in saying that we have to increment the actions to confront the economic war that the bourgeoisie is waging against the people. It’s a real economic war and we must continue winning it”, Maduro said in a press conference.

Friday’s meeting with Chavez lasted for more than 5 hours and included the presence of Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, Science Minister Jorge Arreaza, Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas, and the head of the national intelligence service Miguel Rodriguez.

While details on the actions that will be taken against those members of the business community who engage in illicit activity were not forthcoming, Maduro said that they would be formulated “to favor the public and our national interests”.

For months, Venezuela has seen a shortage of some basic commodities as unscrupulous businessmen seeking to subvert government price-controls on staple products withhold the commodities from the shelves.

The products are then either sold on the black market at double the price or shipped illegally to Colombia as contraband. Many retailers are also taking advantage of a recent devaluation in the country’s currency, the bolivar, to raise prices exponentially.

Vice President Maduro said last week that his discussions with Chavez included proposals on how to limit inflation in the country, maintain economic growth and ensure food security for the population. “These are topics that will be decided upon and implemented in the coming weeks in order to strengthen agricultural and food production and solidify productive in-vestment as well as industrial development”, Maduro said.

The Venezuelan VP also suggested that many of the problems associated with the market in recent months have their origins in external interests. “The attacks against the economy in general have as their source the enemies of our country. Some of them have Venezuelan ID cards, others have documents from other countries”, Maduro imputed, adding that the conspiracy “will be dismantled”.

With respect to the health of President Chavez, the VP reported that the head of state is rigorously following his medical program. “The President is receiving his treatment. He has a problem with respiratory insufficiency that is being treated intensively”, Maduro informed. “He is making an effort with extraordinary spirits, with a smile and bright, vibrant eyes… We left [the meeting] full of energy and strength that we are passing on to the people”, the Vice President added.

Chavez was operated on in Cuba on December 11 after a relapse of the cancer that first appeared in his pelvic region in June 2011. He returned to Venezuela on February 18 and has since been receiving treatment at the Military Hospital Dr. Carlos Arvelo in the capital Caracas.

 

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Pacific Ring Of Fire

Volcanoes Along The Pacific Ring Of Fire

 

2.6

100km WNW of Talkeetna, Alaska

2013-02-09 20:01:42

62.744°N

151.835°W

19.0

5.3

12km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 17:54:07

10.831°S

165.853°E

15.7

5.0

110km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 17:27:05

11.650°S

165.480°E

33.4

6.9

5km NNE of Yacuanquer, Colombia

2013-02-09 14:16:09

1.167°N

77.384°W

153.8

3.0

213km SE of Akutan, Alaska

2013-02-09 13:43:09

52.651°N

163.743°W

20.0

2.5

55km E of Coldfoot, Alaska

2013-02-09 13:32:42

67.196°N

148.899°W

4.6

5.1

42km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 12:28:57

11.090°S

165.727°E

10.0

5.1

132km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 10:23:51

11.899°S

165.660°E

10.1

2.8

39km NNW of Valdez, Alaska

2013-02-09 10:03:29

61.424°N

146.759°W

22.4

2.5

45km WNW of Anchor Point, Alaska

2013-02-09 09:10:07

59.882°N

152.616°W

106.2

2.5

57km W of Cantwell, Alaska

2013-02-09 08:44:36

63.417°N

150.106°W

0.2

4.9

244km S of Kute, Indonesia

2013-02-09 08:40:04

11.100°S

116.335°E

31.5

5.3

61km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 08:04:05

11.241°S

165.653°E

9.6

4.7

78km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 07:34:36

10.860°S

165.134°E

46.2

5.0

152km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 06:44:23

11.868°S

165.059°E

10.5

4.6

79km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 06:42:03

10.907°S

165.134°E

9.9

4.8

78km SSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 05:45:01

11.110°S

161.646°E

35.6

5.6

28km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 05:32:08

10.916°S

165.998°E

10.1

2.6

109km SSE of Old Iliamna, Alaska

2013-02-09 05:25:24

58.821°N

154.298°W

122.4

5.0

21km ESE of Iwaki, Japan

2013-02-09 04:43:08

36.961°N

141.096°E

30.2

4.7

48km SSE of Parapat, Indonesia

2013-02-09 02:50:38

2.296°N

99.166°E

158.1

4.8

68km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-09 02:47:29

11.337°S

165.818°E

15.0

4.7

140km NNW of Labuhankananga, Indonesia

2013-02-09 02:16:56

7.023°S

117.162°E

598.0

3.1

8km W of Cobb, California

2013-02-09 00:02:32

38.811°N

122.817°W

2.0

5.3

103km ESE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-08 23:16:30

11.047°S

166.719°E

34.7

5.0

22km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-08 23:15:38

10.913°S

165.790°E

35.2

5.0

23km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-08 22:45:12

10.913°S

165.907°E

35.0

4.7

28km SSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-08 22:30:17

10.931°S

165.694°E

35.1

4.0

96km SW of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-08 22:29:44

11.346°S

165.223°E

35.2

4.9

30km S of Lata, Solomon Islands

2013-02-08 22:25:30

10.989°S

165.809°E

35.2

4.7

24km SSW of Villa Comaltitlan, Mexico

2013-02-08 21:06:11

15.009°N

92.658°W

102.8

Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

Globe with Earthquake Location

7.0 – COLOMBIA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.0
Date-Time
  • 9 Feb 2013 14:16:06 UTC
  • 9 Feb 2013 09:16:06 near epicenter
  • 9 Feb 2013 08:16:06 standard time in your timezone
Location 1.143N 77.362W
Depth 129 km
Distances
  • 11 km (7 miles) SW (235 degrees) of Pasto, Colombia
  • 168 km (104 miles) SSW (210 degrees) of Popayan, Colombia
  • 173 km (108 miles) ESE (116 degrees) of Tumaco, Colombia
  • 199 km (123 miles) NE (40 degrees) of QUITO, Ecuador
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.6 km; Vertical 8.6 km
Parameters Nph = 499; Dmin = 157.1 km; Rmss = 0.90 seconds; Gp = 50°
Version = 8
Event ID us c000f4ij

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
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USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/

6.9 deep quake hits Colombia, no injuries reported

Associated Press – 1 hr 52 mins ago

Yahoo News

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A powerful but deep earthquake shook a broad swath of Colombia and Ecuador on Saturday, sending frightened people fleeing into the streets, but no serious injuries or major damage were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 9:16 a.m. (14:16 GMT) quake had a magnitude of 6.9.It was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) from the Colombian town of Pasto and 92 miles (154 kilometers) below the surface.

The quake was felt in the Colombian capital of Bogota, some 340 miles (545 kilometers) to the northeast, and across much of neighboring Ecuador.

In the province of Narino, where the quake hit, secretary of government Jaime Rodriguez said officials had reports of three people hurt when roof tiles fell in the town of El Charco along the Pacific Coast. Officials in Ecuador also reported no significant damage.

Colombian television showed people fleeing into the streets of southwestern cities such as Cali, and small cracks in the walls of some buildings.

Mayor Paulo Cesar Rodriguez of the town of Tuquerres near the epicenter said the quake was “very strong and felt for a long time” but that there were no reports of injuries in the town of 42,300.

  Tsunami Information
Pacific Ocean Region
Date/Time (UTC) Message Location Magnitude Depth Status Details
09.02.2013 14:24 PM Tsunami Information Bulletin Colombia 6.9 130 km Details

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Tsunami Information Bulletin in Colombia, Pacific Ocean

000
WEPA42 PHEB 091424
TIBPAC

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1424Z 09 FEB 2013

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.  ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

 ORIGIN TIME -  1416Z 09 FEB 2013
 COORDINATES -   1.1 NORTH   77.3 WEST
 DEPTH       -  130 KM
 LOCATION    -  COLOMBIA
 MAGNITUDE   -  6.9

EVALUATION

 A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI WAS NOT GENERATED BASED ON EARTHQUAKE AND
 HISTORICAL TSUNAMI DATA.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Landslides

 

30.12.2012 Landslide Colombia Departmento de Huila, [The area is not defined!] Damage level
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Landslide in Colombia on Sunday, 30 December, 2012 at 11:10 (11:10 AM) UTC.

Description
At least seven people were injured and some 20 others went missing in a landslide reoccurred Saturday in southern Colombia, relief agencies said. The incident occurred when a bulldozer was removing earth that blocked a driveway below the Andes Mountains in the aftermath of a previous landslide, and about 20 cars were waiting in a queue to pass at the time, said the Risk Management Department. The injured have all been sent to the University Hospital of Neiva. Due to the unstable terrain, light and weather conditions, rescuers have decided to wait until Sunday to resume the search for the 20 missing persons.

 

 

Earth Watch Report –  Landslides

 

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28.11.2012 Landslide Colombia Departmento de Norte de Santander, Teorama Damage level
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Landslide in Colombia on Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 at 17:57 (05:57 PM) UTC.

Description
Ten people were missing and 50 others left trapped after a massive landslide in the northeastern Colombian province of Norte de Santander, authorities said. The avalanche that struck the hamlet of Teorama was caused by torrential rains, Colombia’s emergency management office said. An army reconnaissance flight confirmed that one residence was buried in the mud and “its 10 inhabitants still remain missing,” the office said. “The only way to reach the impact site is by air,” provincial emergency management chief Norela Arenas Valencia said, adding that the army is providing planes to bring in aid and transport search and rescue gear for the Red Cross. Search efforts had to be suspended due to poor visibility, but were set to resume at first light on Wednesday, Arenas said.

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