Earthquakes in Argentina

In Argentina there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

81 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Argentina by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Argentina
  • Sept. 30, 4:41 am
    Magnitude 4.3: 63 km northwest of La Ligua, Chile at a depth of 33.49 km.
  • Sept. 24, 2:57 am
    Magnitude 4.2: Jujuy at a depth of 222.16 km.
  • Sept. 23, 7:53 pm
    Magnitude 6.1: 155 km west-northwest of Ancud, Chile at a depth of 20 km.
  • Sept. 22, 6:08 pm
    Magnitude 4.3: 31 km northwest of La Puerta de San José at a depth of 159.70 km.
  • Sept. 20, 12:09 am
    Magnitude 4.3: Jujuy at a depth of 257.80 km.
  • Sept. 20, 10:06 am
    Magnitude 3.8: 71 km west of San Antonio de los Cobres at a depth of 210.71 km.

Earthquakes in Argentina since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Argentina happened on 11/23/1977 in the region San Juan Province (Mendoza) with a magnitude of 7.4 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 24 km resulted in 70 deaths.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
01/19/2021San Juan Province20 km6.40
10/17/2015Galpon 5.82
02/27/2010Salta37 km6.32
12/10/2008Potrerillos50 km4.10
08/05/2006Mendoza43 km5.60
09/07/2004Catamarca6 km6.11
05/28/2002Aminga, Anillaco, Agua Blanca, Chuquis22 km6.00
01/26/1985West Central, Mendoza, La Ligua57 km6.96
11/23/1977San Juan Province (Mendoza)24 km7.470
07/01/1974Los Toldos54 km5.90

These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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