Updated 01/23/2021 10:18 PM
Just five days after the earthquake that shook San Juan, the national territory once again moved.
This time, Mendoza was affected by two earthquakes: one near Potrerillos and another with an epicenter in Chile, although it was felt in the province.
So far no damage or injuries were reported.
The first movement occurred at 7:37 p.m. on Saturday, with an intensity of
3.9 on the Richter scale
and at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the National Institute for Seismic Prevention (INPRES).
The epicenter was located 22 km west of the City of Mendoza and 12 km northeast of
According to local media, the movement was felt for a few seconds, but intensely.
Hours later, more precisely at 9:07 p.m., the province vibrated again, this time with an earthquake of 5.7 on the Richter scale that had its epicenter near the city of Santiago de Chile.
According to INPRES, it was 121 kilometers deep, between the Chilean capital and Mendoza, in the city of Los Andes, Chile.
The National Emergency Office (Onemi), an agency of the neighboring country, indicated that
"no damage to people
, alteration to basic services or infrastructure as a result of this earthquake are reported" and that "technical organizations are evaluating the regional situation."
Record of the earthquake a few minutes ago in Santiago, Chile #earthquake # tremor #jishin #santiago #chile pic.twitter.com/0KbumA0Kjs
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At the same time, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on the Richter scale shook
and the Chilean authorities issued an emergency alert asking citizens to leave the beach areas.
Later, it became known that this alarm was a mistake.
The National Emergency Office explained that the earthquake took place 216 kilometers northeast of the O'higgins base, the largest that Chile has on the frozen continent.
# 7.1 earthquake shakes # Antarctica and #Chile authorities ask the population to leave beach areas.
- 🌹Rosario Espinales 🌹💫 (@ SocorroAltami12) January 24, 2021
Minutes later, due to a technical failure, it was asked to "abandon the beach area of the Antarctic territory" due to the possible arrival of a tsunami.
The tsunami alert was turned on in the cell phones of the rest of the population causing great fear, especially in people who are vacationing on the central coast.
However, the agency
should have apologized for the error.
Chile, one of the most seismic countries in the world, suffered a powerful 8.8 magnitude earthquake in the city of Concepción on February 27, 2010, which left more than 500 dead.
60 years ago, this country suffered the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, measuring 9.6 magnitude, in the city of Valdivia, in southern Chile.