Buenos Aires (ANTARA News/Reuters) - A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook northern Argentina on Thursday, triggering panic as buildings shook but causing no damage, officials said.

The quake`s epicenter was 87 miles (139 km) northeast of the city of Salta, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had a shallow depth of 5.9 miles (9.5 km), which raises the risk of damage.

"We haven`t had any reports of damage (but) the quake was felt strongly. People ran out onto the streets, they went running outside," a civil defense spokesman in Salta said.

Local media said the tremor was felt across much of northern Argentina. (*)

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