December 11, 2018 / 2:49 AM / a year ago

Magnitude 7.1 quake hits close to Antarctica: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 7.1 quake struck on Monday in the southern Atlantic Ocean, close to the South Sandwich Islands north of Antarctica, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.5, was in a remote area and fairly deep underground.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in an advisory that it did not cause a tsunami threat.

(The story corrects name of the ocean in first paragraph)

Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney

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