Strong M6.0 earthquake hits Jujuy at intermediate depth, Argentina


A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 06:12 UTC on February 22, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 242 km (150 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 231 km (143 miles).

The epicenter was located 59 km (36 miles) W of Abra Pampa (population 9 425), 93 km (58 miles) SW La Quiaca (population 14 751), 94 km (58 miles) SW of Villazon (population 30 253) and 197 km (122 miles) NNW of San Salvador de Jujuy (305 891), Argentina.

There are 90 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

63 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking and 1 309 000 weak.

The USGS issued a Green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and rubble/field stone masonry construction.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

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