Earthquakes shake Argentina and Brazil

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Epicentre of the earthquake that shook the north of Argentina

Two strong earthquakes shook the north of Argentina and a remote region of the Amazon, in Brazil.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the first earthquake took place at 9:27 (-3 UTC) 165 kilometers from the city of Cruzeiro do Sul, in the Amazonian state of Acre and measured 6.1 degrees on the Richter scale.

According to Elio Murilo, sergeant of the fire brigade of Cruzeiro do Sul, the phenomenon was not felt and no injuries or property damages were reported. The telluric movement took place at a depth of 632.9 kilometers.

At 12:34 (-3 UTC) another earthquake with an intensity of 6.2 degrees in Richter scale shook the north of Argentina, and the phenomenon was also felt in some Bolivian cities. According to the USGS, the epicentre was the Jujuy region 140 kilometres east of Tarija (Bolivia) at a depth of 247 kilometers.

The authorities have not reported any injuries or property damage.