EL GALPON, Argentina – On Saturday, October 17, 2015, a strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake was felt over a 425-mile stretch of Argentina, including the cities of El Galpon,El Quebrachal, Joaquin V. Gonzalez, Salta, and Asuncion, Paraguay.
At first, the USGS reported that the Argentina quake was a magnitude 6.0. But after a re-evaluation of the initial reading, seismologist changed the official report from 6.0 to 5.9.
Though there are no immediate reports of loss of life or damage, authorities are scrambling to alert Argentinian residents to beware of aftershocks that are certain to follow the seismic event.
According to “Earthquake News Today,” the large quake was detected 24 kilometers (15 miles) from El Galpon in Argentina at 11:33:09 UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not yet been issued And since the quake occurred on land a tsunami will likely exist.
In addition to the cities already named, authorities are alerting nearby countries that perhaps might be effected.
Earthquakes 5.9 and above are known to cause quite a bit of damage in highly populated areas.
In the last 30 days, seismologist have recorded a total of 17 temblors in the Argentina area, and 3,598 earthquakes worldwide. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 331 seismic events magnitude 3.0 or higher have occurred in or around Argentina since the beginning of the year.
EarthquakeReports.com has reported that one witness stated they felt “a strong movement.” Additionally, the witness remarked that ceiling fans and beds moved.
Beyond the very minor damage of items being knocked off shelves, there were no reports of building collapses or major structural damage.
Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to update this story as soon as more information becomes available.
D. Chandler contributed to this report