Earthquake Hits off Antarctica’s Coast

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hits off Antarctica’s coast at depth of 6.2 miles, rising fears there would have been a small possibility of a tsunami to occur, a possibility that fortunately did not materialize, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced. The epicenter of the quake was located west on Coronation Islands south of South America’s southern tip and some 390 miles northeast of Antarctica’s Palmer Station.

Antartica Earthquake

A second earthquake followed almost an hour later, hitting the remote South Orkney Islands in Antarctica. The magnitude of the second tremor was measured at 5.1, the United States Geological Service said. This earthquake hits off Antarctica’s coast with no harm to people or damages to property, the statement reads.

Later on, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced that a possible tsunami would hit coasts located no more than several hundreds kilometers from the epicenter of the two quakes, while a giant tsunami is able to cause ocean waves that are able to reach coasts located at more than 10,000 kilometers from the epicenter of the quake. Such a tsunami struck Japan in March last year causing deaths of thousands of people and its waves hit an ice shelf in Antarctica.

People living in the regions bordering Antarctica are aware that when an earthquake hits off Antarctica’s coast it could, in theory, cause tsunami that is able to inflict serious damage.

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