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Earthquake 5.2 Australia: Macquarie Island research station

Earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hits Australia’s south coast near a vital research station

  • BREAKING NEWS: Earthquake strikes near Australian island territory
  • The quake caused ‘moderate shaking’ and struck at a depth of 10 km

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An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale has struck Australia’s southern coast near Macquarie Island, which is home to a vital Antarctic research base.

The quake, which caused ‘moderate shaking’ near the epicenter, struck at 5:09 p.m. on Tuesday at a depth of 10km, 4,000km from the Australian mainland.

The Bureau of Meteorology released a statement saying there is “no tsunami threat to Australia from the earthquake felt on Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean.”

Macquarie Island, an Australian territory, is located halfway between Tasmania and Antarctica.

There has been a major earthquake near the Australian territory of Macquarie Island (shown is a location map)

There has been a major earthquake near the Australian territory of Macquarie Island (shown is a location map)

It is the longest continuously operating Australian station in the sub-Antarctic or Antarctica.

The island includes facilities for studying geophysics, biology, upper atmosphere physics and meteorology.

The number of people working at the research station ranges from 14 to 40, depending on the season and on research or construction projects.

Macquarie Island (pictured) is an Australian area halfway between Tasmania and Antarctica

Macquarie Island (pictured) is an Australian area halfway between Tasmania and Antarctica

Macquarie Island (pictured) is an Australian area halfway between Tasmania and Antarctica

The island has been part of Tasmania since 1900 and became a Tasmanian State Reserve in 1978.

It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

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