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2010 Salta earthquake
Date 15:43:26, February 27, 2010 (2010-02-27T15:43:26)
Magnitude 6.3 Mw
Depth 9.5 miles (15.3 km)
Epicenter location 24°40′26″S 65°02′35″W / 24.674°S 65.043°W / -24.674; -65.043Coordinates: 24°40′26″S 65°02′35″W / 24.674°S 65.043°W / -24.674; -65.043
Countries or regions affected  Argentina
(Salta)
Aftershocks ~24
Casualties 2

The 2010 Salta earthquake occurred on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:43:36 UTC. It occurred less than 12 hours after the 2010 Chile earthquake. Scientists proved that the quake in Salta was unrelated, at least in the sense that it was not an aftershock from the Chile earthquake. It took place just to the north of Salta. The quake is known to have killed two people, and it injured dozens (possibly up to 100 people).

Relationship to the Chile earthquake

Many in Salta believe it was an aftershock to the earlier Chile earthquake, this initial confusion—especially among people without expertise in geology—is understandable. Most media and governmental attention was on Chile at the time the earthquake in Salta occurred, which drew needed attention away from Salta. The Argentinian government had been concentrating on helping Chile without delay, not knowning that a quake had occurred in their own country earlier. Many estimate that the Chile earthquake did slightly affect the Salta earthquake, possibly adding to the destruction caused by the Salta quake.[1] Some scientists have theories that imply connections between the two earthquakes, yet the results are at this point still theoretical and mostly unfounded[citation needed]. The best evidence is that there was some strange activity in the Earth's crust that day[citation needed], as there had been earthquakes in Japan, Chile, and Argentina, all within 24-hour ranges.

Damage and casualties

The damage was not too extreme, but small buildings and slums were easily destroyed. The earthquake itself, though, barely made regional news. However, as noted above, there is now confirmation of two deaths. This includes an eight-year-old boy who was crushed in his house in Argentina.[2] Estimates show there could be up to 100 injuries, yet some could be related to Chile earthquake aftershocks. This earthquake is measured as a minor earthquake, with no more than three deaths, most likely two.

References

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