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M6.6 earthquake on Thursday, 30 August 2012 at 13:43 (93km NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen)

Update Thu 30 Aug 16:28
The quake has been upgraded to 6.8 in the most recent calculations of USGS.
This quake is likely one of the of the largest Norwegian earthquakes on record.
Large earthquakes in Norway in the past were:
In 2008, a M6.2 reported in Svalbard.
Norsar writes: "The largest earthquakes in historical times in Norway and surrounding offshore areas occurred in the Rana region in 1819, M 5.8, in the Vøring Basin in 1866, M 5.7, in the outer Oslofjord in 1904, M 5.4 and in the Viking Graben in 1927, M 5.3. The last earthquakes above M 5 include an M 5.3 event in the Vøring Basin in 1988, in an area with almost no earlier seismicity, and an M 5.2 event in the northeastern North Sea in 1989."
The Oslofjord earthquake of 1904 is the best known earthquake causing damage in Norway.

More reporting on this quake on Earthquake-report.

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - 99km NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen on Thursday, 30 August 2012

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake  - 99km NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen on Thursday, 30 August 2012
Date & time: Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:43 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:43
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 9.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 71.4607°N / 10.919°W (Svalbard & Jan Mayen)
Nearest volcano: Theistareykjarbunga (665 km)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1*10^15 J (278 GWh / 2.4*10^5 tons of TNT / 14.9 atomic bombs equivalent) [learn more]
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Data for same earthquake as reported from other agencies
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Thu, 30 Aug 2012
Thu, 30 Aug 13:43 UTCM 6.7 / 2 km JAN MAYEN ISLAND REGIONEMSC
Thu, 30 Aug 13:43 UTCM 6.6 / 10 kmJan Mayen Island RegionGFZ
Thu, 30 Aug 13:43 UTCM 6.8 / 10 kmJan Mayen Island RegionGeoAu
Thu, 30 Aug 13:43 UTCM 6.3 / 15.1 kmNorwayNNSN

 

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