M6.5 earthquake Argentina
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 struck northwestern Argentina on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake, which was at a preliminary depth of 209 kilometers (130 miles), struck the northwestern province of Jujuy at 1 p.m. local time around 147 kms (91 miles) from San Salvador de Jujuy, the provincial capital.
Today’s M6.5 earthquake below Argentina was felt widely with shaking intensity 3-4 (in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia). Why not stronger shaking? The closest person to the earthquake was >200 km away, because the earthquake was >200 km deep!
— Dr. Judith Hubbard (@JudithGeology) March 22, 2023
It was also felt in northern Chile, according to local media.
Jujuy residents were alerted to the quake on their mobile phones, according to reports on social media.
Argentina’s National Seismic Prevention Institute said the quake was strong enough to make “hanging objects swing” in affected areas.
Update M6.5 earthquake Afghanistan
At least 13 people were killed and more than 90 injured in Pakistan and Afghanistan after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck late on Tuesday.
Millions felt the tremors rattle the South Asian region late on Tuesday, sending terrified residents fleeing from homes and offices.
At least nine people died in Pakistan and four in Afghanistan.
The quake was felt over an area more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) wide by some 285 million people in Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.
The epicentre was in the Hindu Kush mountains, in the sparsely populated northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, 40km southeast of Jurm village, at the considerable depth of 187km, the US Geological Survey said.
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In Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province senior provincial official Abdul Basit said that in addition to the dead and injured, at least 19 houses were damaged.
Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesperson for Afghanistan’s disaster mitigation ministry, said late on Tuesday that two people had been killed in the eastern province of Laghman.
Large parts of South Asia are seismically active because a tectonic plate known as the Indian plate is pushing north into the Eurasian plate.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake in eastern Afghanistan killed more than 1,000 people last year.
In 2005, at least 73,000 people were killed by a 7.6 magnitude quake that struck northern Pakistan.
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