World 19.8.2016 12:43 pm

7.4-magnitude quake shakes southern Atlantic Ocean

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

There was no immediate tsunami warning following the quake. The USGS reported at least five aftershocks.

WASHINGTON, Aug 19, 2016 (AFP) – A 7.4-magnitude quake shook the southern Atlantic Ocean early Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with an epicenter 195 miles (316 kilometers) from islands hosting British Antarctic research stations.

There was no immediate tsunami warning following the quake. The USGS reported at least five aftershocks.

The quake struck at 5:32 am local time (0732 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers.

It was centered east-southeast of the remote British-administered South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, which are about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) east of the Falkland Islands.

The islands are home to two British Antarctic Survey stations that together hold up to 32 researchers, the survey’s website said.

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