Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake – Prince Edward Islands region


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.

The epicenter was located 1 677 km (1 042 miles) SE of East London and 1 701 km (1 057 miles) ESE of Port Alfred, South Africa.

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

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.


Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: Google, EMSC, TW/SAM


Commenting rules and guidelines

We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *