Magnitude 6.8 quake hits off Greenland: US Geological Survey

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Reuters Washington, DC, USA Nov 09, 2018, 08.31 AM (IST)

A powerful quake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the eastern coast of Greenland on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. 

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.1, struck at 0149 GMT. Its epicenter was in a remote area 253 miles (407 km) east of Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland.

It was strong enough to cause local waves in the Greenland Sea but was not expected to cause a tsunami in more populated areas, the US Tsunami Warning System said.