Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island, Australia

Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island, Australia

A M6.3 magnitude earthquake has been recorded near Macquarie Island just north of Antarctica at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).



Macquarie Island is an exposed portion of the Macquarie Ridge, and is located where the Australian plate meets the Pacific plate. It is the only place in the world where rocks from the mantle are actively exposed at sea level. Due to this, it was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997.

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