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Easter Islands/Pacific Ocean Earthquake
Released: 9/5/1996

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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Rebecca Phipps 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4460

A preliminary magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred on Thurs., Sept. 5, 1996, in the Easter Island chain in the south Pacific, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred at 2:14 a.m. local time (4:14 a.m. EDT).

The epicenter is about 415 miles northwest of Hanga Roa, one of the Easter Islands.

No tsunami warning was issued. The USGS did not receive any early reports of damage or injury.

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