Australia issues tsunami alert after 6.7-magnitude earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck just north of Macquarie Island

Map of Macquarie Island where an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck. United States Geological Survey
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Australia issued a tsunami alert on Thursday after a powerful earthquake struck off Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean.

The magnitude 6.7 quake, which was revised from an initial 7.3, had a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Australia's Official Bureau of Meteorology issued a tsunami alert. It said there was a "potential threat for Macquarie Island - an Australian territory that's about equidistant from Tasmania and Antarctica's Anderson Peninsula.

The US Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning after the earthquake.

Penguins on Macquarie Island. The island is home to the entire royal penguin population during their annual nesting season. Ecologically, the island is part of the Antipodes Subantarctic Islands tundra ecoregion.
Updated: May 19, 2022, 12:34 PM