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Arctic Earthquake!  M5.8 Strikes Near North Pole!

This is weird: A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck in the waters of the Barrow Strait, north of the Arctic Circle, about 86 km east/southeast of Resolute, Canada!  There are NO active Fault lines anywhere near this area.

The quake took place at about 6:47 PM eastern US time, at a shallow depth of only 18.9 km.   

 

 

 

The National Tsunami Warning Center did track the quake, but reported that NO TSUNAMI was generated.  Their report is as follows:

 

WEAK53 PAAQ 082354
TIBAK1

Tsunami Information Statement Number 1
NWS National Tsunami Warning Center Palmer AK
254 PM AKST Sun Jan 8 2017

...THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR ALASKA...


EVALUATION
----------
 * An earthquake has occurred; a tsunami is not expected.


PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
---------------------------------
 * The following parameters are based on a rapid preliminary
   assessment and changes may occur.

 * Magnitude      5.8
 * Origin Time    1447 AKST Jan 08 2017
                  1547  PST Jan 08 2017
                  2347  UTC Jan 08 2017
 * Coordinates    74.4 North 91.7 West
 * Depth          1 miles
 * Location       near Queen Elizabeth Islands, Canada


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND NEXT UPDATE
--------------------------------------
 * The earthquake parameters are based on preliminary information.

 * Further information will be issued by the United States
   Geological Survey (earthquake.usgs.gov) or the appropriate
   regional seismic network.

 * This will be the only U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center
   message issued for this event unless additional information
   becomes available.

$$

 

 

 

It is very -- VERY -- unusual for an earthquake to take place in this area.

 

Last modified on Sunday, 08 January 2017 19:30

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