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7.3-magnitude quake off Antarctica, no injuries

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A sailing boat is anchored in the bay of Deception Island, Antarctica, on October 27, 2008. A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Antarctica on Monday, generating large waves but causing no injuries, seismic experts at Argentina's Orcadas base in Antarctica said. (AFP/File)

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Antarctica on Monday, generating large waves but causing no injuries, seismic experts at Argentina's Orcadas base in Antarctica said.

"At 1103 local time (1403 GMT) on Monday, the seismological station ... registered an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale in the area near the base, with an epicenter 10 kilometers (six miles) deep," Argentina's Antarctic management said in a statement.

The earthquake did not cause any damage to the base or cause any injuries to the staff, it said, adding there were no reports of damage or injuries at other bases on the Antarctic peninsula.