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Earthquake hits north of Norway’s Svalbard, no reports of damage -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A view looking across Yoldiabukta Bay to Spitsbergen Island, which is part of Svalbard archipelago, northern Norway. September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Natalie Thomas/File Photo

OSLO (Reuters) -A magnitude 6 earthquake struck north of the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard on Saturday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, though police said there were no reports of any injuries or damage.

According to EMSC, the quake occurred 725km (450 miles), north of Svalbard. It was at a depth 2 km.

A spokesperson from the Svalbard Governor’s Office said to Reuters that they had not received any reports.

He stated that “many ships” were often seen sailing around the island. But he did not know exactly how many.

A spokesperson from Norway’s Northern Region Rescue Services told Reuters that “as of right now, we do not have any incoming reports about this.”

Longyearbyen is the main settlement of Svalbard and it’s located in central Svalbard.