6.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Macquarie Island

June 22, 2012SOUTH PACIFIC - A powerful earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck in the Pacific Ocean off Australia’s remote and sparsely-populated Macquarie Island on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS reported that the quake struck at a shallow depth of 9 km or 6.2 miles at about 3:30 p.m. local time, with its epicenter located some 14 miles northwest of Macquarie Island. There were no immediate reports of causalities or damages, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is yet to respond to the tremor. Macquarie Island is located in the southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean, about half-way between New Zealand and Antarctica. Politically, it is part of Tasmania, Australia, since 1900 and became a Tasmanian State Reserve in 1978. In 1997 it became a World Heritage Site.  The island is home to the entire Royal Penguin population on earth during their annual nesting season. Ecologically, the remote island is part of the Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra eco-region. Since 1948, the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has maintained a permanent base on the island. The population of the base, the island’s only human inhabitants, usually varies from 20 to 40 people over the year. –RTT News
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3 Responses to 6.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Macquarie Island

  1. krystal says:

    I have an apps on my android that when earthquake strikes, it will alert me. I only ask for alerts for magnitude of 5.0 and above since it is more significant. Well, also with this apps, they will map it with dots for data collections. This morning I looked at the map, I see many red rings with green dot in middle to pinpoint strikes all around the ring of fire mostly along coastal areas, it is fascinating! The apps is Earthquake Alert!

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