Strong M5.9 earthquake hits off Antarctica


A strong M5.9 earthquake hit off Antarctica in the Indian Ocean.

The earthquake, struck at about 6:08 p.m. UTC on February 23, 2016.

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The epicenter was situated about 454 kilometers (282 miles) northeast of the French scientific station Dumont d’Urville in Antarctica, or about 2,261 kilometers (1,405 miles) south of Hobart on Tasmania.

The earthquake struck at a depth of about 7.7 kilometers (4.8 miles) below the seabed, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The earthquake was not strong enough to generate a tsunami, and no alerts were issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre.

No damage or casualties were expected from Wednesday’s earthquake.

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