South Sandwich Islands rattled by 6.7 quake

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

WASHINGTON -- A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Monday near the South Sandwich Islands, a remote British territory near Antarctica and South America’s southern tip, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The earthquake, which was 10 kilometers (six miles) deep, took place 283 kilometers (176 miles) southeast of Bristol Island and 2,374 kilometers (1,476 miles) southeast of Punta Arenas, Chile, the USGS said. The quake occurred at 0617 GMT, USGS said.

“There is a small possibility of a local or regional tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a few hundred kilometers from the earthquake epicenter,” said a statement by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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