Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Departamento de Coronel Felipe Varela, La Rioja, 67 km north of San José de Jachal, Departamento de Jachal, San Juan, Argentina, on Saturday, 18 May 1963 at 05:33 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake  - Departamento de Coronel Felipe Varela, La Rioja, 67 km north of San José de Jachal, Departamento de Jachal, San Juan, Argentina, on Saturday, 18 May 1963 at 05:33 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 15 km depth

Date & time: 18 May 1963 05:33:26 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 29.637°S / 68.819°W (Departamento de Coronel Felipe Varela, La Rioja, Argentina)
Nearest volcano: Incapillo (193 km / 120 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
67 km (42 mi) N of San José de Jachal (San Juan) (pop: 21,000) --> See nearby quakes!
114 km (71 mi) SSW of Vinchina (pop: 2,830) --> See nearby quakes!
139 km (86 mi) WSW of Chilecito (pop: 42,200) --> See nearby quakes!
192 km (119 mi) W of La Rioja (pop: 162,600) --> See nearby quakes!
207 km (129 mi) N of Chimbas (San Juan) (pop: 73,800) --> See nearby quakes!
213 km (132 mi) N of San Juan (pop: 447,000) --> See nearby quakes!
214 km (133 mi) N of Santa Lucia (San Juan) (pop: 43,600) --> See nearby quakes!
459 km (285 mi) NNE of Santiago (Santiago Metropolitan, Chile) (pop: 4,837,300) --> See nearby quakes!
486 km (302 mi) WNW of Cordoba (pop: 1,428,200) --> See nearby quakes!
1128 km (701 mi) WNW of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires F.D.) (pop: 13,076,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.015 kmSan Juan, ArgentinaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.0 quake Departamento de Coronel Felipe Varela, La Rioja, 67 km north of San José de Jachal, Departamento de Jachal, San Juan, Argentina, 18 May 1963 05:33 GMT

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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Departamento de Coronel Felipe Varela, La Rioja, 67 km north of San José de Jachal, Departamento de Jachal, San Juan, Argentina, on Saturday, 18 May 1963 at 05:33 (GMT)
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