1933 Baffin Bay earthquake

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1933 Baffin Bay earthquake
1933 Baffin Bay earthquake is located in Canada
1933 Baffin Bay earthquake
Date November 20, 1933 (1933-11-20)
Origin time 23:21:35 UTC [1]
Magnitude 7.7 Mw [1]
Depth 15 km (9 mi) [1]
Epicenter 73°07′N 70°01′W / 73.12°N 70.01°W / 73.12; -70.01Coordinates: 73°07′N 70°01′W / 73.12°N 70.01°W / 73.12; -70.01 [1]
Areas affected Canada, Greenland

The 1933 Baffin Bay earthquake struck Greenland and the Northwest Territories (now Nunavut), Canada with a moment magnitude of 7.7 at 18:21:35 Eastern Time Zone on November 20.

The main shock epicenter was located in Baffin Bay on the east coast of Baffin Island. Shaking was only felt at the small town of Upernavik, Greenland. The event is the largest to strike the passive margin of North America and is the largest north of the Arctic Circle. No damage was reported because of its offshore location and the small population of the nearby onshore communities.[2]

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