SAN JUAN (Argentina) — A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit San Juan Province in Argentina late Monday night, according to early reports from the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake, which was felt as far away as Santiago, Chile, sent items flying off store shelves, damaged buildings, and caused cracks in a highway in San Juan, based on videos posted on Twitter.
Houses shake and objects are knocked over as strong earthquake hits Argentina pic.twitter.com/TvDx4hkxRi
— The Sun (@TheSun) January 19, 2021
There were also reports of power outages, but no immediate confirmation of casualties.
THE MOMENT OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN SAN JUAN It was at 23.46 of 6.5 degrees. The epicenter was in #San_Juan, almost at the border with #Mendoza. It was felt all over the country. Then there were several aftershocks.
#argentina #buenosaires #seismic https://t.co/dflzg5yfj6 pic.twitter.com/sYcMEv9XpT
— 🖕Index Hakeem☝️ (@hakrashaa) January 19, 2021
San Juan Governor Sergio Unac on Tuesday urged people to stay calm while they assess the impact of the quake, which was followed by a series of less-powerful aftershocks.
Extensive structural damage seen in Pocito, Argentina, near epicenter of magnitude 6.4 earthquake; no word on casualties pic.twitter.com/pR3Ff3Mr8n
— Factal News (@factal) January 19, 2021
The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said the earthquake in west-central Argentina did not pose a tsunami threat and no warning was posted.
— Rochex R. Robinson Bonilla (@RochexRB27) January 19, 2021
Initial reports indicate the quake, struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers beneath the epicenter near Pocito, Argentina.