Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Argentina

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake rattled western Argentina shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Shaking was felt in areas as far away as Santiago, the capital of Chile, according to Reuters.

The quake struck 14 miles (24 km) west of the city of San Juan, where nearly half a million people reside. The quake had a depth of 71 miles (115 km). It was initially reported to have a magnitude of 6.7, but it was later downgraded to 6.4.

There was no threat of a tsunami due to the quake, according to the Chilean Navy.

The USGS said there is a low likelihood of casualties or damage.

However, according to the newspaper El Clarín of Argentina, following the earthquake, there were some landslides on the international highway between Chile and Argentina, so the authorities asked those traveling to Chile to take precautions in transit.

(Image/USGS)