Magnitude 6.9 earthquake Strikes Near Macquarie Island | May 19, 2022

An island located 1,600km southeast of Tasmania has been struck by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake.The Bureau of Meteorology reported the earthquake near Macquarie Island in the Southern Pacific Ocean at 8:49pm on Thursday (AEDT).The quake, which was revised from an initial magnitude of 7.4, had a depth of 10km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USCS)

There are no tsunami warnings in place for Australia.

Macquarie Island is located 1,600km southeast of Tasmania, about halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica. It became a Tasmanian State Reserve in 1978 and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The epicenter was located about 1 060 km (660 miles) SW of Bluff and 1 225 km (761 miles) SW of Dunedin, 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.

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