Svalbard hit by major earthquake

An earthquake which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale hit off the coast of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard on Friday. This is the strongest quake ever registered in our part of the world, according to NRK.

There are no reports of any damage. If a quake of this strength had hit the mainland, the damage would have been considerable, experts say.

Friday's quake comes just one year after the last record tremor in our region.

On February 21st last year a quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale was registered, also off the coast of Svalbard.

(NRK)

Rolleiv Solholm

Norway

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