Dec 24 (Reuters) – Two strong quakes, magnitude 6.0 and magnitude 5.8, hit central Colombia on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter of the earthquake was very close to each other about 150 km (93 miles) south of the capital Bogota, and very shallow, which increased their impact.

Earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 are considered strong and are capable of severe damage, although the area is not densely populated. (Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Alistair Bell)