A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Chile and Argentina

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake eight kilometers deep was felt strong in the Argentine province of San Juan (west, border with Chile), where it had an epicenter, but also in neighboring Mendoza and to a lesser extent in other areas of the country, official sources reported in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to the National Institute for Seismic Prevention, the earthquake occurred at 11:46 p.m. local time (2.46 GMT on Thursday), near the San Juan town of Media Agua, south of the provincial capital, and at the moment no injuries or injuries have been reported. an accounting of material damage.

“At this moment I want to transmit calm to the families, after the earthquake that we have experienced in #SanJuan. Let us put into practice all the measures that we have learned to prevent incidents, while we are committed to knowing the impact of it to collaborate in everything necessary” wrote the provincial governor, Sergio Uñac, on Twitter.

Miguel Castro, from the Mendoza seismological center, told the TN channel that because “the magnitude is so great and the depth is so small” it has been perceived in other areas of the country, since “seismic waves travel many kilometers, more when it is a magnitude of this magnitude “.

The expert added that the earthquake reminded him of the one on November 23, 1977, which was 7.4 magnitude, according to the Richter scale, with 65 dead and more than 300 injured.

“But this time the epicenter was located about 47 kilometers southwest of the city of San Juan, where there are a series of active faults that belong to the Pie de Palo valley. And there is also a fault that is located with an exit to the surface in the San Juan River, “he said.

Iaron Kolker, a resident of downtown San Juan, the provincial capital, told Efe that the earthquake was “brief”, lasting no more than 10 or 15 seconds, but “everything moved.”

In his opinion, it was only “a big scare”, since he was able to speak with acquaintances through telephone groups “and no one suffered losses.”

As he explained, around 00.45 local time (3.45 GMT) a new soft tremor was noticed again.

In addition, users of social networks from San Juan and other parts of the country, such as Córdoba (center) uploaded videos in which the tremor is appreciated.

San Juan is one of the areas with the highest seismic incidence in Argentina, and it is there where the worst earthquake ever experienced in the country was recorded in 1944, which caused the death of some 10,000 people.

That is why it has buildings prepared to withstand this type of natural event.

EFE Agency