Strong 6.8 earthquake strikes Jan Mayen Island region

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Jan Mayen island region in Svalbard, a Norwegian volcanic island situated in the Arctic Ocean.

The quake struck at 01:49:40 UTC on November 9, 2018.

The only people on the island are military personnel from the Norwegian Armed Forces, and there is a meteorological station located just a few kilometers away from the settlement of Olonkinbyen, where all the military personnel live.

Jan Mayen island is 55 km long and 373 km² in area and is partly covered by glaciers. The island consists of two areas: the larger northeast Nord-Jan and the smaller Sør-Jan, both of which are linked by a 2.5-kilometer-wide isthmus.

The force caused local waves to appear in the Greenland Sea, but the US Tsunami Warning System reported no tsunami was expected in more populated areas.

There have been no reports of damages, injuries.

Location:  71.623N 11.240W

Depth:  10 km


  • 119.5 km (74.1 mi) NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • 717.5 km (444.8 mi) NNE of Akureyri, Iceland
  • 944.5 km (585.6 mi) NNE of Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 947.2 km (587.2 mi) NNE of Kópavogur, Iceland
  • 949.8 km (588.9 mi) NNE of Gardabaer, Iceland


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