BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has struck northwestern Argentina, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The earthquake struck just after 8 a.m. local time and was centered about 16 miles north of the community of Chilecito in La Rioja province, near the border with Chile. It had a depth of around 62 miles.
This moments after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand’s South Island, triggering a tsunami as people fled buildings in a panic and were told to seek higher ground.
There have been at least 45 aftershocks since the first 7.5 magnitude quake shook New Zealand awake shortly after midnight.
Of these aftershocks, Geonote, the New Zealand monitor, has recorded five severe quakes, ranging from magnitude 5.6 to 7.5; and nine further quakes registered as “strong”.
On November 11th 2016 a 6.2 struck Japan measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck about 250 miles north of Tokyo early Saturday local time on Japan’s east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was centered in Ishinomaki, in the same vicinity as the devastating Tohoku earthquake that claimed thousands of lives in 2011. No tsunami warning has been issued at this time.