Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits 265 km NE of Scott Island Bank, Antarctica


A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit 265 km (164 miles) NE of Scott Island Bank, Antarctica at 11:37 UTC on February 2, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 2 340 km (1 441 miles) SSE of Papatowai (population 6 593), New Zealand.

There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

Antarctica earthquake February 2, 2018 - ShakeMap

Regional seismicity

Antarctica earthquake February 2, 2018 - regional seismicity

The quake was followed by at least one aftershock – M5.2 at 12:55 UTC.

Featured image credit: USGS


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