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Argentina is shaken by a 6.8 earthquake, although there have been no fatalities so yet

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Argentina on Saturday night, shaking buildings in the capital and other cities and causing some minor damage, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported thus far.

The quake was felt in the cities of Cordoba, Santa Fe and Mendoza, but was strongest in San Juan, a city of about 500,000 people in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:17 p.m. local time (1:17 a.m. EDT; 0517 GMT) at a depth of about 16 miles (26 kilometers).

Argentina’s civil defense office said there were reports of some structural damage in San Juan, including cracked walls and windows. But it said there were no serious injuries or deaths reported.

Officials urged local residents to remain calm and not to spread rumors, saying that emergency personnel were on the scene to assess the damage and assist anyone in need.