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7.4-magnitude quake shakes southern Atlantic Ocean: USGS

world Updated: Aug 19, 2016 17:29 IST
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A German earthquake monitoring centre says that a 7.3 magnitude quake has occurred in the South Atlantic. (Shutterstock-Representative Image)

A 7.4-magnitude quake shook the southern Atlantic Ocean early Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with an epicenter 316 km from islands hosting British Antarctic research stations.

There was no immediate tsunami warning following the quake. The USGS reported at least five aftershocks.

The quake struck at 5:32 am local time at a depth of 10 km.

It was centered east-southeast of the remote British-administered South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, which are about 1,000 kilometers east of the Falkland Islands.

The islands are home to two British Antarctic Survey stations that together hold up to 32 researchers, the survey’s website said.