Solid 6.3 earthquake strikes off Australian Antarctic Base, no injuries or damage were reported.


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: A solid 6.3 size seismic tremor struck on Friday southwest of remote Macquarie Island where Australia keeps up a little Antarctic base, authorities said, however no wounds or harm were accounted for.

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The tremor hit at a profundity of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) around 29 kilometers from the island, which lies in the Pacific Ocean about somewhere between Australia and Antarctica, the US Geological Survey said.

"We have been in contact with the base and they felt it, however just marginally. They're all fine and there is no harm," an Australian Antarctic Division representative told AFP.

No wave cautioning was issued.

Macquarie Island, which is 34 kilometers in length and only five kilometers wide, has the perpetual Antarctic base on a slender, windswept portion of area.

The quantity of expeditioners on location fluctuates from 14 to 40 contingent upon the season or research ventures being embraced.

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