A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit the central region of Argentina as rescue efforts are underway, though damage is not feared to be particularly substantial, officials have announced.
The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck central Argentina. Rescue workers are operating at the scene of the earthquake, but damages are not said to have been substantial and no serious injuries have been reported.
The quake struck at 7:49 a.m. on Monday, with its epicenter about 87 kilometers (54 miles) from the city of La Punta, and about 314 kilometers (213 miles) from the Chilean capital, Santiago.
USGS says it was relatively deep at 172 kilometers (107 miles) and there is only a small chance that it will cause fatalities or major damage.