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Magnitude 6.8 quake hits off Greenland -USGS

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Magnitude 6.8 quake hits off Greenland -USGS

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(Reuters) - A powerful quake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the eastern coast of Greenland on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.1, struck at 0149 GMT. Its epicentre was in a remote area 253 miles (407 km) east of Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland.

It was strong enough to cause local waves in the Greenland Sea but was not expected to cause a tsunami in more populated areas, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System said.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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