Quake rattles Argentina
October 18 2015 10:55 PM
A woman sits on the sidewalk after a tremor in El Galpon, northwest Argentina.
A woman sits on the sidewalk after a tremor in El Galpon, northwest Argentina.


Reuters/Buenos Aires

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck northwest Argentina, the US Geological Survey reported, leaving at least one person dead, injuring several more and damaging homes, according to local media.
“Homes collapsed, families have been left with nothing, schools have been destroyed. We have one fatality, who was crushed,” Hector Romero, mayor of El Galpon, some 160km from the provincial capital of Salta, told a local radio station.
“Currently there is one woman dead and injured people are being treated at the local hospital,” said Ernesto Flores, undersecretary with Salta’s civil defence authority, according to state-run news agency Telam. A doctor at a hospital in El Galpon told news agency DyN that five people were treated there for mild injuries.




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