Two massive earthquakes shake western Argentina in a difference of 8 days

World - Pavan Pandey - Nov 22,2016

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two massive earthquakes shake western argentina in a difference of 8 days

Argentina has been hit by another huge earthquake in a difference of eight days leading to raging panic among the population.

According to the United States Geological Survey reports, a massive 6.4 magnitude earthquake has hit the region of San Juan located in western Argentina. The tremors of the quake were also felt in Santiago, capital of the neighboring country Chile. The United States Geological Survey measured the earthquake at a scale 6.4 magnitude; the quake was initially measured at 6.7 magnitudes. The National Emergency Office of Chile’s Interior Ministry (Onemi) reported that, the tremors of the earthquake were felt in the northern and central regions of the country. Onemi also stated, “Preliminarily no harm to people, change in basic services or infrastructure product reported this earthquake.”

This was the second quake after last Sunday when a quake of 6.2 magnitude hit the country. Luckily, no one was injured due to this natural calamity. This is the second major earthquake incident after New Zealand suffered from a very powerful 7.8 magnitude shock and a lethal tsunami after midnight on 14 November 2016 NZDT (11:02 on 13 November UTC).

After this earthquake which hit around 9pm GMT, under the next 20 min there were three aftershocks with the magnitude of 3.7, 3.0 and 4.0 Richter scale. The quake’s epicenter was 15 mile southwest of San Juan and 180 miles northeast of Santiago in Chile. The earthquake was fairly deep initiating from 71.9 miles underground. Chile is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world, situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” Chile is a seismic zone where the tectonic plates rub up against each other underground. In 1960, Chile was hit by a record holding 9.5 magnitude quake, the very strongest in the entire history. In recent years, the huge earthquake to hit this country was recorded at 8.8 magnitude which struck the central-southern region in the year 2010. This tremor caused a tsunami in Chile due to which more than 500 people were killed.