An earthquake believed to measure 6.3 on the Richter scale has struck in northern Argentina, close to the border with Chile.
Scientific monitoring service EMSC said the quake happened in the Jujuy region of the south American country today.
And government agency the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports it happened 50km northwest of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina.
It said: ‘There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.’
A 6.4 magnitude quake hit the region three months ago, days after a similar earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale.
Earthquakes measuring 6.0 to 6.9 are classed as ‘strong’ on the scale.
The 1894 San Juan earthquake took place in the province of San Juan, Argentina, on 27 October 1894, at about 07:30 PM. It was the most powerful earthquake recorded in Argentina, with magnitude 7.5 on the surface wave magnitude. Its epicenter was located to the northwest of San Juan, approximately at 29°48′S 69°00′W, and at a depth of 30 km.
M6.3 earthquake in Argentina this morning. As recorded in north Alabama. pic.twitter.com/uhRPAoNlMY
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Deep M6.3 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina https://t.co/lXPAc6AGcV
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