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Strong quake rattles South Sandwich Islands: USGS

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck early today near the South Sandwich Islands, a remote British territory near Antarctica and South America's southern tip, the US Geological Survey said.

world Updated: Dec 13, 2011 18:09 IST
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A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck early Sunday near the South Sandwich Islands, a remote British territory near Antarctica and South America's southern tip, the US Geological Survey said.

No immediate tsunami warning was issued.

The quake, which hit at 7:54am local time (0954 GMT) was at a depth of 121 kilometers (75 miles), the USGS said in a statement.

The epicenter was about 104 kilometers northwest of remote Visokoi Island, part of the South Sandwich Island chain, and some 1,984 km east of the Falkland Islands, the USGS reported.

First Published: Dec 11, 2011 16:35 IST