Strong earthquake strikes Argentina, tremors felt in Chile
PUBLISHED Sun, November 20, 2016 - 4:15pm EST
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has struck near San Juan in western Argentina, with tremors being felt as far away as Chile's capital Santiago, seismologists and residents say. There was no immediate word on damage or casualties.
The earthquake, which struck at 5:57 p.m. local time on Sunday, was centered just outside Villa Basilio Nievas, about 24 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of San Juan, or some 253 kilometers northeast of Santiago. It struck at a depth of about 115 kilometers (71 miles), making it a deep earthquake.
Chile's seismological agency put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 6.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.4. Shaking was felt across parts of Argentina and Chile, including cities such as San Juan, Mendoza, San Rafael, San Felipe, and Santiago.
There was no immediate word from authorities in Argentina whether the earthquake had caused any serious damage or casualties, but Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in Chile.
Because Sunday's earthquake was centered on land, there is no threat of a tsunami.
Computer models from the USGS estimated that some 12.9 million residents in Argentina and neighboring Chile may have felt the earthquake. It said there is a "low likelihood" of casualties, but noted that residential structures in the region are generally vulnerable to earthquakes.
We're working to gather additional information.
This is a breaking news alert. Please check back or follow @BNONews on Twitter as details become available. If you want to receive breaking news alerts by email, click here to sign up. You can also like BNO News on Facebook by clicking here.