August 30, 2012 – A 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Struck the Jan Mayen Island Region: The quake hit at 12:43PM local time at a very shallow 9 kilometers (5 miles). It was 1:43PM in London (GMT), 9:43AM in New York, 8:43AM in Chicago, 7:43AM in Denver and 6:43AM in Los Angeles. The powerful tremor was located off east coast of Greenland and 262 miles ENE of Ittoggotoormiit, Greenland; and 582 miles NNE of Reykjavik, Iceland (see map).
The quake occurred along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, as shown in the map below:
The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a divergent fault line, where two tectonic plates are moving away from each other; as shown in the schematic below:
Today’s earthquake is one of the strongest tremors to strike the Arctic Circle in the last decade.
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