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Alberto Fernandez will travel today, at 3:30 p.m., to San Juan to visit the areas affected by the earthquake that affected the province last night, as confirmed in statements made by Governor Sergio Uñac.
Strictly speaking, the President had planned to travel this afternoon to Chilecito, La Rioja, to lead the second federal cabinet meeting within the “alternate capitals” program, and will also stay on Wednesday to hold a meeting with the 10 governors of the Big north.
At 2:00 p.m. the President will leave from Palomar in the direction of the Cuyo province. “He wants to see the earthquake zone in person and accompany the Governor and the people of San Juan”, they confirmed near the President. From there, he will continue to Chilecito, as planned.
Alberto Fernández spoke today, at 7, with Uñac to find out what he needed, according to an important official informed Infobae.
It was Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro who informed him that there had been an important earthquake in the province of San Juan yesterday, at 11:30 pm, when he had already had dinner at the Olivos Residence.
The Minister of the Interior relayed a message from Uñac about the damage caused, data that De Pedro expanded to him in the following hours, where he confirmed that there were no victims, but only injured people who were receiving medical treatment. “The President asked to be kept informed,” said the source.
The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale, the strongest since 1977, and its epicenter was 54 kilometers from the provincial capital and 112 kilometers north of Mendoza, affecting the towns of Caucete, Mirayes, Barreal and El Valle de Media Agua, according to the National Institute for Seismic Prevention (INPRES).
Officials close to the president did not stop expressing surprise at the fact that the important seismic movement occurred before he traveled to Chilecito and days before another anniversary of the earthquake that occurred on January 15, 1944, which for many historians is the beginning of the “Peronist story”, since Juan Domingo Perón was vice president and took charge of the solidarity tasks for reconstruction, which would have been the beginning of his relationship with the actress Eva Duarte, at a festival made for that purpose.
Of course the 1944 earthquake was very destructiveNot only because it collapsed 80% of the capital of San Juan, but also because there were at least 9,000 fatalities, many of whom were not found, in addition to thousands of injured. Precisely, from that moment on, San Juan began a long apprenticeship in the management of seismic movements, which was extended to schools, with training for children to face episodes of these characteristics.
The earthquake in San Juan was felt in other neighboring provinces
In fact, the population yesterday acted with outstanding calm and the same Governor issued a message in the same sense a few minutes later through his Twitter account, where he asked “calm the family” and asked that “we put all the measures into practice what we have learned to prevent incidents ”, while its officials focused on the impact of the earthquake. At dawn, he even gave a press conference.
Construction has also been transformed since 1944. From the adobe houses that dominated the landscape, most buildings are prepared to face high-intensity earthquakes like the one that occurred last night, including the aftershocks that follow, which are minor, but usually last. several days, even weeks. In the area where the earthquake struck last night, however, there are still mud houses.
The evaluation of the President’s next steps will then be taken in Chilecito, where a large part of the national Cabinet has already traveled. “Alternative capitals is a promise fulfilled by the President and an important step towards a more federal and egalitarian Argentina,” declared the Minister of the Interior when he arrived in the second most important city of La Rioja, together with the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero.
Wado de Pedro has already arrived in Chilecito, from where he will evaluate with the President a trip to neighboring San Juan
De Pedro plans to participate in activities with the ministers who are already in Chilecito and Governor Ricardo Quintela, and awaits the arrival of Fernández with whom he will participate in the central act that will take place at the Convention Center of that city. Tomorrow, as anticipated, there will be a working meeting with the governors of the Norte Grande, an entity led by Jorge Capitanich, from Chaco.
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