March 10, 2015

Colombia has experienced a 6.2 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Aratoca in Santander Department.  Per latest media reports there are no major injuries or damage to buildings.  The airport in Bogota is operating normally.

Cell phones networks and landlines, as typical in such an event, are not working fully, but the U.S. Embassy Bogota has confirmed that SMS text messaging is functioning.

If you have questions related to this event please e-mail ACSBogota@state.gov.  The U.S. Embassy Bogota will be monitoring the situation and is ready to help U.S. citizens affected by the earthquake.

You can contact the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, via e-mail or by telephone at (571) 275-2000.  The U.S. Embassy is located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogota, D.C., Colombia and is open to the public by appointment on Monday through Thursday from 09:00 to 11:30.  You can schedule a non-emergency at the Embassy’s website.

 The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located at Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511, tel. (575) 353-2001.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.