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Feb. 27 2010 - 12:15 pm | 3,123 views | 1 recommendation | 1 comment

Hours after Chile, a sizeable earthquake hits Argentina

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 6.3 magnitude quake that struck around midday in the northwest province of Salta, Argentina. This is far away from the epicenter of the Chile quake, over 1,500 kilometers by my eyeballing of google maps, but the Buenos Aires Herald is reporting it as an aftershock. In a story, it quoted Salta locals:

“We haven’t felt anything like this in 30 years,” journalist Francisco Mattus said.

“It was very strong, especially for people living [in] high rise buildings. Walls moved and things started falling over the furniture.”

Salta province, with vineyards, colonial cities, and mountains, is a popular tourist area. The Herald, an English-language publication, is also reporting that cell phone service is out but that there’s no major damage.


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  1. collapse expand

    Agreement with BsAs Herald here. Most probably a shock connected with the original plate movement from the 8.8mag. Or in other words, an aftershock.

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