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25 Dead in Colombia Earthquake

January 25, 1999

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ An earthquake struck western Colombia on Monday, killing at least 25 people and injuring nearly 300 as it knocked down buildings in at least two state capitals.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado. Its epicenter was located in western Valle del Cauca state, 140 miles from the capital, Bogota. The quake was felt for about 15 seconds in Bogota.

In Calarca, about 90 miles west of Bogota, 20 people died and 200 were injured, according to radio station RCN, which cited local authorities.

In Pereira, a city of 550,000 people, at least five people died and 70 were injured, police said.

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