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Tsunami Warning Issued After Earthquake Hits South of Australia

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Jan 30, 2007
A local tsunami warning was issued after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck in the vicinity of Macquarie Island, which lies about halfway between Australia and Antarctica. The earthquake struck 810 kilometers (502 miles) west of Macquarie Island and 1,338 kilometers south of Hobart in Australia at 2:54 p.m. local time. Macquarie sits in a zone where the Pacific Plate, the Indo- Australian Plate and the Antarctic Plate meet. There was no threat of a large Pacific-wide tsunami. There were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami.

Macquarie is a ``subantarctic'' island located in the Southern Ocean at 54 degrees, 30 minutes south and 158 degrees, 57 minutes east, according to the Australian government's Antarctic Division's Web site. The island, inhabited only by scientists at a research station, is a Tasmanian State Reserve.
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