Argentina quake of magnitude 6.8 shakes homes, buildings

Posts on social media show damaged buildings with the seismic activity leaving cracks in roads. (Twitter pic/Alvaro Molina J)


SAN JUAN: An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck west-central Argentina on Monday, followed by at least five aftershocks that shook buildings and sent products tumbling off supermarket shelves, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The quake hit at a depth of 10km, the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said, with its epicentre located 40km south of the province of San Juan.

The aftershocks ranged in magnitude from 3.5 to 5, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

Posts on social media showed many homes and buildings shaking, with the seismic activity leaving cracks in roads, while glass bottles fell off the shelves in shops.

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