4 magnitude quake jolts Argentina's San Juan province

Nellie Chapman
January 21, 2021

Its epicentre was 27.6km southwest of the town of Pocito, in San Juan Province, and struck at a depth of 14km.

An quake of magnitude 6.4 has hit Argentina's San Juan Province in west-central on Monday night.

No tsunami warning was issued, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System said.

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.

A CNN correspondent, Espanyol, Agustina Montaño in San Juan, said it was a "strong" natural disaster, adding that everything fell on the shelves of his house.

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Firefighters, police and specialized emergency workers were at the scene and and the surrounding area was evacuated. It is believed that the building housed offices and meeting rooms.

The quakes were felt in the provinces of Mendoza, Cordoba, Santa Fe, La Rioja and Buenos Aires.

The quake was followed a magnitude 5.0 aftershock about a quarter hour later, the USGS said.

"Let us apply all measures that we have learned to prevent accidents, while we are committed to knowing the impact (of the earthquake) to cooperate in everything necessary", he wrote on Twitter.

Sergio Uñac has said that local authorities are working continuously to analyze the damage caused by the quake in streets and highways in the province.

Electricity also failed in some areas and goods were shaken from supermarket shelves, reports said.

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