Magnitude 6.4 quake hits western Argentina – USGS
The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of some 115.71 kilometers (71.9 miles), lies some 10.7 kilometers (6.7 miles) southwest of the town of Villa Basilio Nievas, center of the Zonda department, with a total population of about 3,000 residents.
Preliminary: 6.5 earthquake, San Juan Province, Argentina. On 2016/11/20 20:57:41 UTC (4m ago, depth 192km). https://t.co/B6u93pCoMy— Earthquakes Tsunamis (@NewEarthquake) November 20, 2016
The tremor might be felt also in Chile’s capital, Santiago, which lies some 290 kilometers (180 miles) northeast of the quake. The magnitude of the quake was initially reported as 6.7 but was later revised.
ARGENTINA EARTHQUAKE:— Al Boe (@AlBoeNEWS) November 20, 2016
-Near San Juan
-Felt in Chile
-6.4 magnitude, USGS says
-No word on casualtieshttps://t.co/TLZwLYiMwE
Chile’s navy said there was no current tsunami threat for the region.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported the tremor from the quake was “felt at large distances” but has not caused any damage.
According to the Centre’s estimates, about 10 million people are living in the affected area.
While the earthquake is considered to be too deep to cause any significant damage, local Sanjuan8 news portal cited eyewitnesses saying that some apparently frightened people ran screaming through the streets in panic as the quake shook the province.
The strong shaking was also reported in western Argentinian province of Mendoza, located some 75 kilometers from neighboring San Juan. Many residents rushed out of their homes out of fear, Los Andes reported. However, no injuries or damages have been reported in the province so far.