6.2 Earthquake in Argentina

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit Argentina early in the morning on Thursday causing havoc among local residents but no casualties, according to witnesses. The earthquake shook most heavily northern provinces of Jujuy and Salta, where people left their homes to seek refuge in the streets. No serious damages have been reported, though.

Argentina Earthquake

San Pedro, a small town about 40 miles (63 kilometers) from the epicenter of the earthquake experienced heaviest shake at 8:12 a.m. local time, while the quake was registered at an estimated depth of 5.9 miles, or 9.5 kilometers.

The U.S. Geological Survey revised its initial reading of the quake from 6.0-magnitude to 6.2, while local residents said they did not experience such a strong earthquake for years. Workers at the world’s biggest copper mine, Escondida, located close to the epicenter in neighboring Chile did not realize there is an earthquake at the surface, a spokesperson said.

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