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7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Chilean Antarctic Base, Tsunami Warning Issued

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The quake struck at 8:36 pm (2336 GMT) about 210 kilometers east of the Eduardo Frei base at a depth of 10 kilometers.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday off the coast of Antarctica, with authorities issuing a tsunami warning for researchers at Chile's Eduardo Frei base on the frigid continent, emergency officials said.

The quake struck at 8:36 pm (2336 GMT) about 210 kilometers (130 miles) east of the Eduardo Frei base at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), Chile's National Emergency Office said, urging evacuation from "the beach area of the Antarctic" ahead of a possible tsunami.

first published:January 24, 2021, 07:24 IST