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UNDRO 85/0284
ARGENTINA - EARTHQUAKE
INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
06 FEB 1985

1. AN EARTHQUAKE MEASURING 5.9 DEGREES ON THE RICHTER SCALE CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE CITY OF MENDOZA AND ITS SURROUNDING SUBURBS ON 26 JANUARY 1985.

2. IT APPEARS FROM LATEST REPORTS REACHING UNDRO THAT UP TO 28,000 PEOPLE ARE IN TEMPORARY SHELTER AND FURTHER 10,000 ARE LIVING CLOSE TO THEIR DEVASTED HOMES WITHOUT PROPER SHELTER FACILITIES. AT LEAST 6 PERSONS ARE REPORTED AS HAVING BEEN KILLED AND OVER 200 INJURED.