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7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Russia’s Kamchatka, Tsunami Warning Issued

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula triggered a tsunami warning but the threat has now passed, the US Geological Survey and US Pacific Tsunami Center said.

As per the latest updates by US Geological Survey and US Pacific Tsunmai Center, the tsunami threat was lifted by the officials.

The quake hit 125 miles away from the city of Nikolskoye on Bering island off the Kamchatka Peninsula at 11:34 am (Russia local time) on Tuesday.

So far, there have been reports of any casualties or property damage from the earthquake as the epicenter of the shallow quake was far away from the mainland.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said “hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicentre.

Tsunami waves, however, were unlikely to reach Kamchatka’s eastern coast, some 500 km (310 miles) away.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 7.7 before being revised down to 7.4 and finally upgraded to 7.8, a major quake normally capable of causing widespread and heavy damage when striking on or near land.

The quake was followed by several aftershocks, including a couple above magnitude 5.0.

 

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