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Argentina quake of magnitude 6.8

Argentina quake of magnitude 6.8

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck west-central Argentina on Monday, followed by at least five aftershocks that shook buildings and sent products tumbling off supermarket shelves, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said, with its epicentre located 40 km (25 miles) south of the province of San Juan.

According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), aftershocks ranged in magnitude from 3.5 to 5.

Posts on social media showed many houses and buildings shaking, seismic activity leaving cracks in roads, while glass bottles fell from shelves in shops.

San Juan Governor Sergio Unack urged people to remain calm after the earthquake and appealed for them to lend a helping hand if they needed it.

“Let us put into practice all the measures we have learnt to prevent incidents, while we commit ourselves to knowing the consequences (of the earthquake) so that we can cooperate in whatever is needed.”

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