Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes northwest Argentina, felt in Chile – seismologists

A strong but fairly deep earthquake struck northwestern Argentina on Wednesday, with shaking felt across the border in Chile and Bolivia, but there were no immediate reports of either damage or casualties, local authorities said. No tsunami alerts were issued due to the epicenter being on land.

The 6.7-magnitude earthquake at 3:57 p.m. local time (1857 GMT) was centered about 93 kilometers (58 miles) west of El Aguilar, a town in the northwestern province of Jujuy near the borders with Chile and Bolivia. It struck about 190 kilometers (118 miles) deep, making it a fairly deep earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Argentina's National Institute of Seismic Prevention (INPRES) measured the strength of the tremor at a much lower 6.2, while Chile's National Seismological Center measured it at 6.6.

"According to preliminary data, no casualties, disruption to basic services or infrastructure were reported as a result of this earthquake," Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) said in a statement.

Computer models from the USGS estimated that as many as 2.7 million people in northwestern Argentina and parts of Chile and Bolivia may have felt weak to moderate shaking, but damage or casualties were unlikely, it said. "There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage," the USGS said.

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