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Earthquake Strikes Off Australia's Macquarie Island"
(RTTNews) - A powerful earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck in the
Pacific Ocean off Australia's remote and sparsely-populated
Macquarie Island on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological
The USGS reported that the quake struck at a shallow depth of
6.2 miles at about 3:30 p.m. local time, with its epicenter
located some 14 miles northwest of Macquarie Island.
Macquarie Island is located in the southwest corner of the
Pacific Ocean, about half-way between New Zealand and
Antarctica. Politically, it is part of Tasmania, Australia,
since 1900 and became a Tasmanian State Reserve in 1978. In 1997
it became a World Heritage Site.
The island is home to the entire Royal Penguin population on
earth during their annual nesting season. Ecologically, the
remote island is part of the Antipodes Subantarctic Islands