6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Argentina

Quake hit 50 miles north west of the town of San Antonio de los Cobres

Caroline Mortimer@cjmortimer
Saturday 18 February 2017 13:34
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The quake struck in the north west corner of the country near San Antonio de los Cobres
The quake struck in the north west corner of the country near San Antonio de los Cobres

An earthquake has struck the north of Argentina near the border with Chile.

The quake struck 50 miles north west of the town of San Antonio de los Cobres with a depth of 200.6km.

The United States Geological Survery (USGS) said the likelihood of any fatalities was low.

It is the third earthquake to strike the region in the last few months with 6.4 and 6.2 magnitude quakes striking nearby late last year.

Earthquakes are common in the region which is near a point where three tectonic plates meet in Chile.

In 2010, a major earthquake struck Chile further south near the coast and the aftershocks could be felt in Argentina.

At least 500 people in Chile were killed and tsunami warnings were issued in Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and other Pacific islands.

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