Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off Tasmania coast
- Earthquake near Macquarie Island, 1600 km southeast of Tasmania
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale has struck a remote island off Australia’s southern coast.
The earthquake struck late Saturday west of Macquarie Island, about 1,600 miles southeast of Tasmania.
It had a depth of 10 km and was believed to have been felt just after 11 p.m.
Just two weeks ago, the island was rocked by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.
The earthquake struck late Saturday west of Macquarie Island, about 1600km southeast of Tasmania
Macquarie Island is home to Australia’s Antarctic Division station, which is occupied all year round.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, it is a sanctuary for large colonies of penguins and seals.
The island is particularly active in terms of seismicity, being located on the boundary between the Australian Plate and the Pacific Plate.
The island had an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in 1989, the largest intra-oceanic earthquake of the 20th century, and also recorded an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in 2004.
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