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Deep 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Argentina: USGS
March 5, 2012 / 8:35 AM / 6 years ago

Deep 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Argentina: USGS

(Reuters) - - A major earthquake of 6.1 magnitude struck in Argentina, 69 miles east southeast of Santiago del Estero at a depth of 340 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake occurred at 4:46 a.m. (2:46 a.m. EST) on Monday. A quake of that magnitude nearer the earth’s surface could cause severe damage in a densely populated area.

Santiago del Estero is in north central Argentina and has a population of about 245,000.

World Desk, Americas

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