Magnitude-6.4 quake hits Argentina

21 Janvier, 2021, 11:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Worldwide earthquakes above magnitude 3 during the past 24 hours on 19 Jan 2021

The natural disaster struck at 11:46 pm local time (Tuesday 02.46 GMT), with its epicenter in Pocitos in the San Juan Province, about 1,000 kilometers from Buenos Aires near the Chilean border, according to the American Institute of Geophysics.

A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster has struck Argentina's west-central province of San Juan on Monday night, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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

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.

The US Tsunami Warning System said no tsunami warning has been issued for the quake.

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There were also reports of power outages, but no immediate confirmation of casualties.

The US Geological Survey said the tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4.

A magnitude 5.0 aftershock took place nearby about 15 minutes later, according to the agency. "The water in the pool moved like the sea", Ricardo, a resident of Mendoza city, told local newspaper Clarin.

Strong movement was felt in Chile's capital, Santiago, which is about 300 kilometres (186 miles) from the area hit by the quake. Damage has been reported to some buildings in the Pocito area.

"Let's put into practice all the measures that we have learned to prevent incidents, while we are committed to knowing the impact of the (earthquake) to collaborate in everything necessary", he tweeted.

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