USGS: Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes northwest Argentina

March 22, 2023 GMT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 struck northwestern Argentina on Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, which was at a preliminary depth of 209 kilometers (130 miles), struck the northwestern province of Jujuy at 1 p.m. local time around 147 kms (91 miles) from San Salvador de Jujuy, the provincial capital.

It was also felt in northern Chile, according to local media.

Jujuy residents were alerted to the quake on their mobile phones, according to reports on social media.

Argentina’s National Seismic Prevention Institute said the quake was strong enough to make “hanging objects swing” in affected areas.