7.4-magnitude quake shakes southern Atlantic Ocean: USGS

The quake struck southern Xinjiang in western China at a relatively shallow depth of 12 kilometres (seven miles), the USGS said (AFP Photo/Olivier Morin)
The quake struck southern Xinjiang in western China at a relatively shallow depth of 12 kilometres (seven miles), the USGS said (AFP Photo/Olivier Morin)

Washington (AFP) - A 7.4-magnitude quake shook the southern Atlantic Ocean early Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with an epicenter 195 miles (316 kilometers) from islands hosting a British Antarctic research station.

There was no immediate tsunami warning.

The quake struck at 5:32 am local time (0732 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers. It was centered east-southeast of the British administered South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.