Magnitude-6.8 earthquake hits off the South Sandwich Islands

PUBLISHED Wed, May 10, 2017 - 8:23pm EDT
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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has struck the South Atlantic Ocean near the South Sandwich Islands, seismologists say. No tsunami warnings have been issued. (more)

The earthquake, which struck at 9:23 p.m. local time on Wednesday, was centered about 75 kilometers (46 miles) northeast of Visokoi Island in the Traversay Island group, which is part of the British overseas territory known as the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI).

The earthquake struck at a depth of just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Because Wednesday's earthquake struck an uninhabited region, no damage or casualties are expected.

"Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from his earthquake. No action is required," Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement to member countries. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

  South Sandwich Islands     





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