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The earthquake was strongly felt in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as San Juan, La Rioja, Catamarca, and regions of Patagonia but no major damage or injuries have been reported. In Mendoza, residents report online experiencing a tremor around 3:40 a.m. that lasted for 40 seconds, "but seemed endless."
Argentine seismologists say the tremor seemed to last longer due to effects produced by the mountain terrain, according to the Argentine newspaper Clarin.
Another quake lasting 10 second was reported at 12:44 p.m. 15 miles south of Salta, along the Andes. Marcelo Pena, from the National Institute of Seismic Prevention, told Clarin, "It's a shallow earthquake" probably caused by a geological fault and not related to the earthquake that struck Chile in the early morning. Two people were crushed to deah, including a 9-year-old child who was playing when a nearby wall collapsed and a 53-year-old man who died when his roof collapsed.
The Paso de los Libertadores, the main Andean pass between Argentina and Chile, experienced landslides and the road is currently closed.