(gives number of people injured and extent of material damage)


A total of eight people were injured and 143 homes were damaged by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake that rocked southwest Colombia, according to the latest report by the National Risk Assessment Unit, or UNGRD, on its Twitter account.

At the same time, Nariño, Cauca and Valle were confirmed as the three provinces with the most emergencies, according to UNGRD director Carlos Ivan Marquez.

"Some of the injured were at El Charco in Nariño province, with five adults plus a little boy who fell from a second story and broke his right leg. Another two had fractures of the fingers and knees, one in Valle del Cauca and the other in Cauca," Marquez told the local press.

The official also said that among the damaged buildings were a medical center and three schools.

"I wish to confirm there have been no fatalities nor missing persons, and there have been no reports of anyone seriously affected," Marquez told reporters.

He also confirmed that he had spoken directly with President Juan Manuel Santos.

"I spoke with him (Santos) and he told me we must activate the whole preventive system of attention and recovery, and consolidate the different plans for taking the necessary action to assure a rapid, opportune recovery through the provincial emergency management offices," he told the UNGRD director.

The quake, whose epicenter was located 2.38 kilometers (1.5 miles) northwest of the town of Ospina, Nariño province, at a depth of 186 kilometers (115 miles), struck at 9:16 a.m., the Colombian Geological Service said.

The temblor was also felt in Tolima, Valle del Cauca, Huila, Risaralda, Quindio, Cauca, Antioquia and Caldas provinces, it added.

Some minor damage was reported in Quindio, Cauca and Nariño provinces but "nothing serious," Marquez said. EFE