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Powerful underwater quake off Norwegian Arctic Island

 International Desk

 Published: 04:00 PM, 9 November 2018   Updated: 04:00 PM, 9 November 2018



A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has occurred in the Arctic Sea, northwest of a largely uninhabited Norwegian island, said Norwegian officials. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The Norwegian earthquake center NORSAR says it was recorded Friday at 2:49 am in the sea between the volcanic island of Jan Mayen and Greenland, a Danish territory.  

Norway's news agency NTB said there were 18 people on the island - military and meteorological institute staff - who were woken by the quake. 

Silje Wennesland told NTB that "I had the heart in my throat when I woke up because the mirror and the cabinets shook."

NORSAR said aftershocks are expected but no tsunami warning was issued.