Saturday, 04 April, 2020

Earthquake Off Kurile Islands Causes Small Tsunami

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands but meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts Russia earthquake: tsunami warning issued after 7.5 magnitude event
Deanna Wagner | 25 March, 2020, 23:16

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Tuesday afternoon that waves generated by a 7.5 quake east of the Kuril Islands off Asia are "below the threat threshold".

A California-based seismologist said the natural disaster, which struck at a depth of almost 56.7 kilometres was deeper and smaller than other big trans-Pacific tsunamis.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said that hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 1,000 km of the earthquake's epicentre.

The USGS had initially said the quake measured 7.8, but revised that figure down to 7.5. The emergency services also stated while the threat remains, the residents will remain in a safe zone or higher grounds. The Kuril Islands are off Russia's far eastern coast.

Neither Canada nor Japan issued tsunami warnings, and Emergency Info BC said there was no threat.

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Residents in the northern part of Russia's Kuril Islands remain at risk of a tsunami following a 7.5-magnitude natural disaster off the coast, according to information received, but emergency services reported small waves and no casualties or damage.

Emergency services reported small waves and no casualties or damage after the natural disaster.

The last major natural disaster that struck the Kuril Islands was in 2006. Jones explained it is "deeper and smaller than the quakes" that caused big trans-Pacific tsunamis in the past.

The Kuril Island chain is a volcanic archipelago which extends for more than 800 miles from the northeastern tip of Japan to bottom of the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.