The earthquake that hit Chile was felt in Argentinean provinces
The earthquake of 8.8 degrees in the Richter scale was felt in Argentinean provinces.
As reported by the INPRES, “the earthquake had his center in Chile, but the intensity reached 5 degrees in San Juan, Mendoza and Rio Negro, and was even felt in Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires.
There was panic at the ‘Predio Ferial’ where 50 thousand people were witnessing the show of La Fiesta, composed of Soledad, ‘El Chaqueño Palavecino’ and ‘Los Nocheros’.
Medical personnel had to attend some people who fainted.
The Governor José Luis Gioia, who was witnessing the show said “Come on this is San Juan, nothing happened.”
One facilitator, Jorge Pascual Recabarren, tried to calm down the people saying: “This is San Juan.”
The singer Soledad, said she “haven’t felt anything. I thought there were calling an ambulance when they moved.”
San Juan’s Police said that “there weren’t serious problems, only a falling masonry in a police department”
Police spokesman of the local branch Angaco 20, said “the power went off for several minutes, but nothing more.”
In the province of Mendoza, there were no reports of damage to properties or casualties.”
Outages were reported in Guaymallen, Las Heras and Godoy Cruz.
According to local reports “There were landslides in high mountain, 5 aftershocks were recorded and the main was located in Lujan de Cuyo where there was a movement of 5.5 ° on the Richter scale.
Latest Reports from Chile indicates that the ammount reached 122 people, and that airports are closed.
Fire crews and police are on the streets of Santiago and are giving instructions to the population using megaphones.
Local television showed images of strong motion passes of cars and people wandering the streets.
Chile was declared as a ‘disaster area’
Juan Fernandez Island was covered by a giant wave and two buildings collapsed.