Strong M 6.1 struck near Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands


Strong earthquake, registered as M 6.1 (USGS), occurred 244 km (152miles) WNW of Marion Island, at remote Prince Edward Islands on July 22, 2013 at 07:01 UTC. USGS registered M 6.1 at depth of 10 km, EMSC registered initially M 6.1 but later changed to M 6.3 at depth of 33 km, GEOFON registered M 6.3 at depth of 10 km. The epicenter was located at coordinates 46.042°S 34.825°E.

This is remote area, located about 1500 km beneath mainland South Africa, between Africa continent and Antarctic in sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean. The only human inhabitants of the islands are the staff of a meteorological and biological research station run by the South African National Antarctic Programme on Marion Island. There are no populated areas in 100 km radius from the epicenter.

Featured image: USGS/Leaflet


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