6.7 quake in south Atlantic near S Sandwich Islands: USGS

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 15:21

Washington: A major 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Atlantic ocean early today east of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, a sparsely populated British territory, a US monitor said.

The quake struck at 3:55 am (1025 IST) in waters 685 kilometres east of Bristol Island, part of an chain inhabited mainly by scientists on a series of bases, the US Geological
Survey reported.
The earthquake, about 2,800 kilometres east of the Falkland Islands, occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres according to USGS.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued an alert stating there was no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami, but warned "there is the small possibility of a local
or regional tsunami that could affect coasts" near the epicentre.


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First Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 15:21

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