Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Balleny Islands region, Southern Ocean


A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit the Balleny Islands region, Southern Ocean at 20:52 UTC on December 1, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 2 km (1.4 miles).

This is the second M6+ earthquake to hit this area since M6.1 on November 25, 2020.

The epicenter was located 1 904 km (1 183 miles) SSW of Bluff, and 1 925 km (1 196 miles) SSW of Invercargill, New Zealand.

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

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

There are no tsunami warnings, advisories, or watches in effect.

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Regional seismicity

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