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Argentina struck by earthquake


6.4 magnitude quake shook buildings.
6.4 magnitude quake shook buildings.

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 2, 2011 — Northern Argentina was hit by a magnitude-6.7 Friday, shaking things up enough to cause evacuations.

North-central Argentina was trembling Friday, after a 6.7 earthquake rumbled the region.

The quake caused enough shaking to cause evacuations in the capital and be felt in much of the country's population centres.

However, those living near the epicentre reportedly didn't feel any vibrations.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 130 km southeast of Santiago del Estero, the 12th-largest city in Argentina with roughly 250,000 people.

According to the USGS, magnitude-6 quakes often cause severe damage, but because this one was centered nearly 600 km below the surface, the effects were minimized.

People in tall buildings felt their furniture shake and many spilled outside onto various streets.

“There hasn't been any kind of damage or injuries here,” said the city's civil defence chief, Daniel Pikaluk.

“Maybe it was so deep that the aftershocks were felt more far away then close in. Here there were just a few people who said they felt a little dizzy, that's all.”

With files from The Associated Press

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