Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 07:03:15 +0100 (MET)

WASHINGTON, Jan 5, 2010 (AFP) - A major 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Atlantic ocean early Tuesday east of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, a sparsely populated British territory, a US monitor said.

The quake struck at 3:55 am (04:55 GMT) in waters 685 kilometers (425 miles) east of Bristol Island, part of an chain inhabited mainly by scientists on a series of bases, the US Geological Survey reported.   The earthquake, about 2,800 kilometers (1,740 miles) east of the Falkland Islands, occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) according to USGS.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert stating there was no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami, but warned "there is the small possibility of a local or regional tsunami that could affect coasts" near the epicenter.
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 17:52:56 +0100 (MET) WASHINGTON, Feb 23, 2008 (AFP) - A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Saturday rocked the South Sandwich islands region of the South Atlantic, the National Earthquake Information Center reported. The quake struck at 1557 GMT about 226 km (140 miles) east-southeast of Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands, or 2,270 km (1,411 miles) east southeast of Stanley, Falkland Islands, the center said. South Georgia and the South Sandwich islands are a British overseas territory.
Date: Tue 31 Jan 2006 From: ProMED-mail Source: Falkland Islands News Network (FINN) [edited] ----------------------------------------- On Mon 30 Jan 2006 morning, a military spokesman from Mount Pleasant sent a message to say that there was an _E. coli_ outbreak at Fox Bay Village. The 1st to be affected were residents of a house where military re-fuelers were staying. After calling village residents, there was a lack of knowledge about the problem, so the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roger Diggle, was contacted, and he confirmed the location of the suspect water source and probable cause of the outbreak. Instructions about boiling water and using water purification tablets were issued for the village. According to former Councilor Norma Edwards, Fox Bay West was not affected by the outbreak, as they have another water source. [Byline: J. Brock] ------------------------------- [The size of the outbreak is not stated. Additionally, the posting did not state whether the organism was identified as _E. coli_ O157:H7. Finding _E. coli_ or other coliforms in a water supply is evidence that the water is contaminated but not necessarily that the cause of any symptoms is bacterial. - ProMed Mod.LL]
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 10:07:06 +0100 (MET) WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (AFP) - A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale was registered Monday east of the South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic, the US Geological Survey reported Monday. The quake struck about 345 kilometers (215 miles) southeast of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands at 0610 GMT, at a depth of 11.6 kilometers, the survey's National Earthquake Information Center said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake measured 7.5 on the Richter scale. "Generally speaking, a quake of similar scale can cause a tsunami if it occurs in a shallow area under the sea," the agency said on its website. [The South Sandwich islands are situated eastwards from the Falklands and governed by the UK]
Updated: 28 January 2003 SUMMARY The vast majority of visits to the Falkland Islands are trouble-free. There is little crime or disorder and the risk of terrorism is low. SAFETY AND SECURITY Terrorism: There is no history of terrorism in the Falkland Islands. We are unaware of any evidence of a threat to western interests from terrorism in the islands. However, you should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, in all countries of the world, against civilian targets in public places, including tourist sites. Crime: There is little crime or disorder on the Falkland Islands. LOCAL TRAVEL Four wheel drive vehicles are most commonly used. Stanley roads are metalled, as is much of the 35-mile Mount Pleasant Airport to Stanley road. In addition, there are some 200 miles of unsurfaced roads. Coach and taxi services are available to and from MPA for the RAF and LanChile arrivals and departures. Taxi services are available in Stanley. Local transport should be booked in advance. Speed limits are 25 miles per hour in the Stanley area and 40 miles per hour on other roads. Because of the condition of most roads and the strong winds, extreme care must be exercised when driving outside Stanley, especially on the road between Mount Pleasant Airport and Stanley. Self-drive four-by-four vehicles are available for hire. For longer distances, the Falkland Islands Government Air Service operate three Britten Norman "Islander" aircraft from Stanley Airport to other destinations throughout the Islands. Due to weather and other restrictions it is always worth checking that your flight is confirmed before travelling to Stanley Airport. LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS Customs officers are on duty at all inward international flights. Travellers are warned that drug trafficking is considered a serious offence and will be dealt with severely. The Falkland Islands still have an estimated 14000 mines leftover from the conflict in 1982. These are well mapped and fenced-off. Entering one of these minefields is a serious offence, which will result in prosecution. For the protection and safety of visitors compulsory mine briefing is provided by the military upon arrival. Detailed maps of minefield locations are available on request. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS On arrival in the Falkland Islands you must have a passport valid for a minimum of six months and a current visa if required, a return air ticket (or other evidence of pre-paid onward travel) pre-booked accommodation and sufficient funds to cover your stay in the Islands. Visitors are prohibited from obtaining paid employment without first obtaining a work permit. For further information on entry requirements and RAF Tristar ticket services, you are advised to check with the Falkland Islands Government Office, 14 Broadway, Westminster, London, SW1H OBH; (tel: 020 7222 2542). HEALTH The general standard of health in the Falkland Islands is good. The only hospital is located in Stanley and offers very modern facilities with a full complement of medical, dental and nursing staff. There is no resident qualified optician. Treatment is free to visitors whose country has a reciprocal NHS agreement. Otherwise medical insurance is recommended. To benefit from free treatment, proof of residence in the UK (eg. medical card or driving licence) or an E111 for other nations is required. GENERAL The Falkland Island pound is fixed at a rate of one pound Sterling. Bank of England coins and notes are fully accepted in the Islands at full value. Lan-Chile Airlines currently operate a once weekly flight service to Mount Pleasant Airport from Punta Arenas in southern Chile. Onward air connections from Punta Arenas are available to Puerto Montt and Santiago de Chile, and onward from Santiago to other international destinations. Once a month this service stops in Rio Gallegos, on the southern coast of Argentina. The service will pick up passengers in Rio Gallegos on one week (usually the second Saturday of the month), and drops off passengers in Rio Gallegos the following week. You should check with Lan-Chile in advance for up to date information on Chile/Falkland Islands air services. The RAF operate a twice weekly fare paying service from RAF Brize Norton (via Ascension Island) to Mount Pleasant Airport. This service can be subject to delays due to hazardous weather conditions, especially during the Southern Hemisphere winter. The total journey time takes approximately 20 hours. In Stanley, many of the main shops, hotels and restaurants will accept MasterCard or Visa. However, credit cards are still widely unacceptable in Camp (the countryside). Visitors should check when making bookings. The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory and as such there is no formal British Consular representation. In an emergency, Government House in Stanley will assist British nationals but cannot issue replacement passports. The Falkland Islands Customs and Immigration operate a passport-issuing service. There is a £20 departure tax on leaving the Islands. The Ministry of Defense recommends inoculation against Yellow Fever for passengers travelling on the RAF Tristar service in case flights are diverted to a risk area. Visitors travelling via South America may need a number of inoculations and should check their requirements with their doctor. We strongly recommend that all travellers abroad take out adequate comprehensive insurance. OTHER CONTACT DETAILS Government House, Ross Road, Stanley, Falkland Islands; (tel: +500 27433; fax: +500 27434); e-mail: gov.house@horizon.co.fk or Rep@figo.u-net.com. Office hours (GMT): Mon-Fri: 0900-1300 and 1400-1730.
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