Quake strikes Argentina; One dead

Damaged buildings are pictured after an earthquake in El Galpon, northwest Argentina. Photo by...
Damaged buildings are pictured after an earthquake in El Galpon, northwest Argentina. Photo by Reuters

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck northwest Argentina, the US Geological Survey reported, leaving at least one person dead and damaging homes.

"Homes collapsed, families have been left with nothing, schools have been destroyed. We have one fatality, who was crushed," Hector Romero, mayor of El Galpon, some 160km from Salta's capital, told a local radio station.

"Currently there is one woman dead and injured people are being treated at the local hospital," said Ernesto Flores, undersecretary with Salta's civil defense authority, according to state-run news agency Telam.

The USGS, which originally measured the quake at 6.0, said the quake occurred 131km southeast of the provincial capital Salta.

 

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