Pow­er­ful un­der­wa­ter earth­quake off Nor­way Arc­tic is­land

Millennium Post - - World -

COPEN­HAGEN: A pow­er­ful earth­quake with a pre­lim­i­nary mag­ni­tude of 6.8 struck in the Arc­tic Ocean Fri­day, north­west of a largely un­in­hab­ited and re­mote Nor­we­gian is­land, of­fi­cials said. No in­juries or dam­age were im­me­di­ately re­ported.

The Nor­we­gian earth­quake cen­ter NORSAR says the quake was recorded at 2:49 a.m. in the sea be­tween the vol­canic is­land of Jan Mayen and Green­land, a Dan­ish ter­ri­tory. The tremor was cen­tered some 120 kilo­me­ters (74 miles) off Jan Mayen at a depth of ap­prox­i­mately 10 kilo­me­ters (6.2 miles), NORSAR said.

Nor­way's news agency NTB said there were 18 peo­ple on the is­land mil­i­tary and me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal in­sti­tute staff who were wo­ken by the quake.

Silje Wen­nes­land told NTB that "I had my heart in my throat when I woke up be­cause the mir­ror and the cab­i­nets shook." NORSAR said af­ter­shocks are ex­pected but no tsunami warn­ing was is­sued.

"For­tu­nately, no one was in­jured, and ev­ery­one is fine, but we no­ticed it," Wen­nes­land told NTB. "It has hap­pened be­fore, and this was quite pow­er­ful," she said, adding the tremor lasted for 30 sec­onds.

NORSAR said the quake was one of the strong­est reg­is­tered. Since 1970, about 10 quakes have been reg­is­tered in the re­gion with a mag­ni­tude of 6 or higher. The pre­vi­ous such quake was recorded Aug. 30, 2012, and had a mag­ni­tude of 6.6.

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