7.8 magnitude quake strikes near Russia's Kuril islands; no casualties reported

На северных Курилах зафиксировано мощное землетрясение магнитудой 7,8

A 7.8 magnitude quake has been recorded near Russian Federation.

The northern part of Russia's Kuril Island remains under threat of experiencing tsunami waves, according to Russia's emergency services. The tsunami warning was downgraded to "no threat" within two hours after the natural disaster.

A tsunami caution issued by means of the United States government for Hawaii was once rescinded, and officers stated there was once no threat to both the United States or Canadian west coasts.

On Wednesday afternoon (local time), Russia's far east region was jolted by a 7.5 magnitude natural disaster, but no casualties were reported at the time of the press.

A Magnitude 7.5 quake was detected late Wednesday afternoon local time off the coast of Russia's far-eastern Kuril Islands.

На северных Курилах зафиксировано мощное землетрясение магнитудой 7,8
Tsunami watch in Hawaii canceled after 7.5 magnitude quake in Pacific Ocean

On Twitter, natural disaster expert Lucy Jones said "this Russian quake is not the type that usually produces a tsunami".

Some of the US coastal areas may experience non-damaging sea level changes, the agency added.

The Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, reported that the quake was felt by residents of the Kamchatka Peninsula, which is located north of the Kuril Island chain. Minor quakes were felt in six prefectures including Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Tokyo and Nagano.

The last major natural disaster that struck the Kuril Islands was in 2006. This temblor measured an 8.3M.

The Kuril Island chain is a volcanic archipelago. The archipelago contains 56 main islands.


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