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UPDATE: 4.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Venezuela

  • The tremor rattled San Diego, Valencia, Caracas and Barquisimeto.

    The tremor rattled San Diego, Valencia, Caracas and Barquisimeto. | Photo: Google Map

Published 27 December 2018

Earlier this year, in August, a major quake registering 6.9 in magnitude struck the same region of Venezuela. 

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Venezuela at about 5:00 a.m. local time Thursday, Venezuela's Foundation of Seismological Research (Funvisis) stated. The tremor rattled San Diego, Valencia, Caracas, Barquisimeto and was felt in neighboring Colombia, according to officials.

Large Earthquake Off Northern Venezuelan Coast

The quake, which was widely reported by other media as measuring 5.6, hit at a depth of 10 kilometers northwest of the town of Valencia in the state of Carabobo and lasted about five to six seconds according to residents who felt the tremor's impact.

“Very strong in Valencia, Carabobo,” one resident remarked, while another added: “It was so strong the movement of my bed woke me up,” earthquake-tracking website European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (CSEM-EMSC) stated, citing witnesses.

#Sismo: 2018/12/27 4:59 (HLV), Mag. 4.9 Mw, 12 km northwest of Valencia (10,258 N, 68,080 W), prof. 9.4 km

There have been no reports of injuries or deaths, so far. The tremor was followed by several aftershocks, the US Geological Society (USGS) has reported. The USGS estimates that some 6 million Venezuelans felt the earthquake, based on the region where it occurred. 

Earlier this year, in August, Funvisis reported a major quake, in the same region, which registered 6.9 in magnitude. 

That quake was felt along the majority of the Venezuelan coast and also in neighboring countries, like Trinidad and Tobago. 

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