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Magnitude 6.7 earthquake reported off South African coast, no risk of tsunami's

Jan 23, 2019
Magnitude 6.7 earthquake reported off South African coast, no risk of tsunami's

The Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service says that there is no risk of tsunami's battering the Eastern and Southern Cape coastline after a massive earthquake was reported near to Marion Island on Tuesday night.

According to Garth Sampson, SA Weather Service Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape, the 6.7 magnitude earthquake was reported about 561 km off the southeastern coast of South Africa near the Prince Edward Islands.

The Prince Edward Islandsare two small islands in the sub-antarctic Indian Ocean that are part of South Africa. The islands are named Marion Island and Prince Edward Island.

"No tsunami warnings have been issued at this time, and there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties. Individuals are advised to monitor local media for updates and to be aware of the potential for aftershocks."

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake reported off South African coast, no risk of tsunami's

In a report by the Watchers website; "A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Prince Edward Islands region at 19:01 UTC on January 22, 2019.

"The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. GFZ is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 10 km. This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability."

It added that the epicenter was located 1 677 km (1 042 miles) South-East of East London and 1 701 km (1 057 miles) East-South-East of Port Alfred, South Africa.

"There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles)," the report read.

"This is the second M6+ earthquake of the day. A shallow M6.4 hit off the coast of Sumba, Indonesia at 05:10 UTC (13:10 local time) at a depth of 27 km (16.7 miles).

"The quake was preceded by M6.0 at 23:59 UTC, January 21, M4.9 at 00:08, M4.5 at 00:56 and M4.8 at 01:57 UTC."

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