Strong earthquake triggers damage, power outages in Argentina
|The location of the strong earthquake that hit northwestern Argentina on Monday night, Jan. 18, 2021. (United States Geological Survey)|
Shaking was felt as far away as Chile’s capital of Santiago after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Argentina on Monday night, leading to damage but no official reports of injuries or fatalities thus far.
The powerful temblor struck 18 miles (29 km) west-southwest of the Argentine town of Pocito and struck at a depth of 12 miles (20 km), according to the United States Geological Survey. Several strong aftershocks have rocked the region since the initial quake, ranging in magnitude from 4.8 to 5.3.
Crumbled buildings and cracks in roadways were seen in videos posted on Twitter from the province of San Juan in Argentina. Goods were also seen strewn about on market floors, and some power outages have been reported.
San Juan Governor Sergio Uñac called for families to remain calm following the earthquakes.
„Let us put into practice all the measures we have learned to prevent incidents, while we are committed to knowing the impact of the (earthquake) to collaborate in everything necessary,” he said on Twitter.
No damage has been reported in neighboring Chile, according to The Associated Press.
Forecasters expect dry weather through the middle of the week as cleanup and recovery efforts ramp up, but temperatures will be unseasonably hot which can add a complicating factor.
„High temperatures across the area can top out near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C) on Tuesday with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the low 100s F (38-39 C) for much of the afternoon,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert said.
„Any residents that must clean up debris or repair damage outdoors should take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion.”
Drinking plenty of water as well as taking frequent breaks in the shade can help to prevent any heat-related illnesses.
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to monitor a powerful, offshore weather event with the potential to cause wind hazards and related outages throughout the company’s service area. The company’s Emergency Operations Center has been open since Saturday to manage PG&E response to wind damage and a targeted Public Safety Power Shutoff in the driest portions of the service area.
Potential PSPS in Central California
In locations still enduring extremely dry winter conditions, PG&E will de-energize approximately 5,465 customer accounts in portions of Fresno, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Tulare counties for a PSPS early Tuesday morning to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. This represents less than one percent of PG&E’s 5.3 million customers.
No PSPS Events for Bay Area and Further North
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In addition, PG&E’s network of 340 weather cameras across the service area, as well as visual checks by crews in the field, helps the company determine where vegetation has greened up to levels that help make PSPS events unnecessary.
Strong Offshore Winds Can Cause Wires Down and Outages
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