Atlantic Ocean earthquake: 7.1 tremor strikes far off Ascension Island
PUBLISHED Mon, August 29, 2016 - 12:49am EDT
A powerful and shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck the South Atlantic Ocean, centered far northwest of Ascension Island, seismologists say. No tsunami warnings have been issued. (more)
The earthquake, which struck at 0430 UTC on Monday, was centered about 951 kilometers (591 miles) north-northwest of Georgetown, which is the chief settlement on Ascension Island. The island is part of a British Overseas Territory called Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
The earthquake struck at a shallow depth of just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) below the ocean floor, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The magnitude of the earthquake was initially reported as 7.4 and 6.9 before being confirmed at 7.1.
The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami along the U.S. Atlantic or Gulf Coasts. In a separate statement, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center added that there is no tsunami threat for Caribbean coastlines.
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