6.4-magnitude earthquake hits northern Argentina

May 28, 2012 12:00 AM

A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has jolted an area in northern Argentina, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake took place at 2.07 a.m. local time and was centred about 116 km east-southeast of Santiago del Estero city, the provincial capital.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the temblor, local police said.

On March 5, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake also shook northern Argentina, about 112 km east-southeast of Santiago del Estero.
The Argentinean city of Santiago del Etero has a population of 245,000.

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