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Strong earthquake, 6.8 mag strikes near Bristol Island in South Sandwich Islands

Earthquake location -60.3S, -26.8WA earthquake magnitude 6.8 (ml/mb) has occurred on Tuesday, 142 km S of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands (88 miles). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 116 km (72 miles) below the earth’s surface. The temblor was picked up at 21:55:30 / 9:55 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has been issued near Bristol Island in South Sandwich Islands (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, longitude -26.8 West, latitude -60.3 South, depth = 116 km. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 27/08/19 / 2019-08-27 23:55:30 / August 27, 2019 @ 11:55 pm. Unique identifier: at00pwx6gi. Ids that are associated to the event: pt19240050, at00pwx6gi.

There are an estimated 135 quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days twenty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 142 km S of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 6.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -26.8° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -60.3° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 116 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 142km S of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2019-08-27 23:55:30 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2019-08-28 00:07:00 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -120 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status REVIEWED Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 1 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 711 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network at The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,pt,at, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 39 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 8.159398 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 2.29 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 158.399987328 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Mi The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID at00pwx6gi Id of event.
Event Code 00pwx6gi An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pt19240050,at00pwx6gi, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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