Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands, prompts tsunami alert

Quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands, prompts tsunami alert

The quake struck across the Kuril Islands, and it triggered a tsunami alert some 5,600 kilometers away in Hawaii.

A 7.2-magnitude quake hit off Russia's Kuril Islands on Wednesday, prompting local residents to seek higher ground due to a tsunami threat, authorities said.

The Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, reported that the natural disaster was felt by residents of the Kamchatka Peninsula, which is located north of the Kuril Island chain.

The US National Tsunami Warning Centre was analysing the event to determine the level of danger for Alaska and the US West Coast. There were no early reports of casualties.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said an hour after the quake that there was no more threat of tsunami.

The Japan Meteorological Association warned against slight tidal changes but said no warnings or even watch advisories had been issued. The natural disaster was also felt in Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Tokyo, and Nagano. This quake-which measured magnitude 8.3-generated a small tsunami which affected the northern Japanese coast, as well as parts of California.

There was once additionally panic within the Kuril Islands - north of Japan - and at the Kamchatka volcano and glacier peninsula. The sparsely populated Kuril Islands run from Russia's Kamchatka peninsula to Japan's Hokkaido island, and include four disputed islands, known as the Southern Kurils in Russian Federation and the Northern Territories in Japan.

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