Two Earthquakes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Two earthquakes shook Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on Saturday the 23rd of January. The first took place at 5:23 a.m. (5.2 magnitude) and the second at 5:40 a.m. (5.3 magnitude). The epicenter was 75 kilometers from the city center near Montero. No injuries or damage were reported. Families who live in tall apartment buildings report having felt them slightly. I live in a building and was up at the time but felt nothing (I'm in the southern zone of the city about 8 blocks from the central plaza). In fact it's 5 p.m. and I'm just finding out about this. The video below is in Spanish but gives more information on this, indicating that those who felt it were mostly in the northern area.
Short article in Spanish here.News report in Spanish posted on Facebook.
Did you know there is only one earthquake-proof building in Santa Cruz? It's the brand new Condominio Gran Grigotá apartment building located directly behind the police command station (Comando Policial) 1 block from the Cristo. It was built by a group of Japanese architects and their construction company.