Saturday, 19 Jan 2019

Powerful underwater earthquake off the Norwegian Arctic island

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The Norwegian authorities have declared that a powerful earthquake of an initial magnitude of 6.8 had occurred in the Arctic Sea, northwest of a virtually uninhabited Norwegian island. No injury or damage was immediately reported.

The Norwegian earthquake center NORSAR says it was recorded on Friday at 2:49 in the sea between the volcanic island of Jan Mayen and Greenland, a Danish territory

The Norwegian news agency NTB said that 18 people – members of the military and meteorological institutes of the island – had been awakened by the earthquake.

Silje Wennesland told NTB that "I had heart in my throat when I woke up because the mirror and cabinets had quivered".

NORSAR said replicas were expected, but that no tsunami warning has been issued.

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