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Wednesday, January 27, 1999 Published at 00:19 GMT

World: Americas

Story in pictures: Colombia quake

The earthquake in Colombia was the most devastating to hit the country this century, measuring six on the Richter scale.

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Hundreds of bodies were trapped in collapsed buildings with rescue services racing against the clock to dig them out.

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The earthquake toppled buildings and flattened neighbourhoods across the nation's coffee-growing heartland.

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Churches were destroyed among other buildings.

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Blood and medical supplies were rushed to hospitals in the disaster zone to treat the wounded.

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Emergency teams were struggling to cope with the huge number of casualties.

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Thousands of people have been left homeless, with their possessions destroyed.

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Relatives of the people trapped in the rubble feared the worst.

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