Quake 5.2 magnitude hits South Sandwish Islands yesterday

July 8th, 2008 - 3:22 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

South Sandwish Islands region shaken with moderate magnitude of 5.2 on Monday, July 08, 2008 at 21:39:26 UTC (08:39:26 PM local time)

The earth quake was located at 58.047°S, 22.155°W set by location program, at a depth of 10 km. The earthquake distance is 275 km ENE from Bristol Island and
340 km ESE of Visokoi Island of South Sandwich Islands and 3750 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The South Sandwich Islands comprise 11 mostly volcanic islands , with some active volcanoes. They form an island arc running from north to south in the region 56°18′–59°27′S, 26°23′–28°08′W, between about 350 miles (563 km) and 500 miles (805 km) south east of South Georgia.

The northernmost of the South Sandwich Islands form the Traversay Islands and Candlemas Islands groups, while the southernmost make up Southern Thule. The three largest islands – Saunders, Montagu and Bristol – lie between the two. The Islands’ highest point is Mount Belinda (1,370 m / 4,495 ft) on Montagu Island.

The South Sandwich Islands are uninhabited, though a permanently manned Argentine research station was located on Thule Island from 1976 to 1982 . There are automatic weather stations on Thule (Morrell) Island and Zavodovski. To the northwest of Zavodovski Island is the Protector Shoal, a submarine volcano.

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