4-quake rocks Argentina's San Juan province

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2021

An natural disaster of magnitude 6.8 has struck Argentina's San Juan province, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.

There were no early reports of injuries as some power outages were reported in the quake area. Its epicentre was 27.6 kilometres (17 miles) southwest of the town of Porcito and struck at a depth of 14 kilometres (nearly nine miles).

The quakes, measured preliminarily by the United States Geological Survey, were also felt in Santiago (Chile) and Santa Maria (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil).

Then, a magnitude 4.9 quake came in the same area as the first, followed by a magnitude 5.3 aftershock. The later three quakes were less in magnitude so they were considered as aftershocks.

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The U.S.Tsunami Warning System said the earthquake in west central Argentina did not pose a tsunami threat and no warning was posted.

In its initial statement, PTWC recorded the depth of the natural disaster at about 20 kilometers (12.43 miles). Damage has been reported to some buildings in the Pocito area.

Argentine media said some houses reportedly were damaged in the small town of Media Agua and at least one road was said to have been disrupted, but there were no indications of injuries.

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