USGS reports 7.4-magnitude quake in southern Atlantic

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake has struck off the South Georgia Island region, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, the US Geological Survey said Friday.

The quake struck at 0732 GMT at a depth of 10 kilometres and about 316 kilometres east-south-east of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which are British overseas territories.

The National Tsunami Warning Centre noted that while quakes of this size are known to generate tsunamis, there was no current danger for the US and Canada east coasts, states in the Gulf of Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Last update: Fri, 19/08/2016 - 11:43


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