6.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE ROCKS ARGENTINA

6.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE ROCKS ARGENTINA

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.

It was the second earthquake in the country in eight days.

On 10 January, another quake of magnitude 6 struck the Salta Province. It shattered infrastructure. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported yet.

The latest quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said, with its epicentre located 40 km (25 miles) 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.

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

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