Earthquake strikes off Greenland's east coast, no injuries

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 30, 2012 10:08 AM
Earthquake strikes off Greenland's east coast, no injuries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the east coast of Greenland on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no reports of injuries or damage on Greenland or nearby Norwegian islands.

The quake, initially reported at a magnitude 7.0, was centered 266 miles east-northeast of Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland and occurred at a depth of 5.3 miles, the USGS said.

Police in Ittoqqortoormiit, with some 500 inhabitants, were aware of the quake but did not feel anything. They said the island does not have a tradition of issuing tsunami warnings.

The meteorological institute in Norway's Tromso said the quake could be felt at Jan Mayen, a Norwegian island, but that no one was injured.

"I would say our experience of this was that it was rather undramatic," said Jo Valseth, a meteorologist working at Jan Mayen.

(Reporting by Paul Simao, Mia Shanley in Copenhagen and Victoria Klesty in Oslo; Editing by Andrew Roche)