BUENOS AIRES – A magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck northwest Argentina on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, leaving at least one person dead, injuring several more and damaging homes, according to local media.
“Homes collapsed, families have been left with nothing, schools have been destroyed. We have one fatality, who was crushed,” Hector Romero, mayor of El Galpon, 100 miles (160 km) from the provincial capital of Salta, told a local radio station.
“Currently there is one woman dead, and injured people are being treated at the local hospital,” said Ernesto Flores, undersecretary with Salta’s civil defense authority, according to state-run news agency Telam.
A doctor at a hospital in El Galpon told news agency DyN that five people were treated there for mild injuries.
Some 15 to 20 homes were destroyed in El Galpon, according to a photographer collaborating with Reuters.
The USGS, which originally measured the quake at 6.0, said the quake occurred 131 km (81 miles) southeast of Salta.