Massive 6.4 magnitude quake rocks island in Ring of Fire zone

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
By Paul Martin

AN island in the Ring of Fire zone has been rocked by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake this morning.

By Paul Harper
9th October 2018

The earthquake, which had an epicentre depth of 56km, occurred near Russia’s Kuril Islands in the volatile Pacific ocean hotspot.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was recorded around 96 miles from the town of Severo-Kuril.

Most of the world’s earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, a large basin the Pacific, due to tectonic plates grinding together.

The Russian Academy of Sciences said the earthquake was registered 146kms east of the island of Onekotan.

No tsunami warnings have been issued at this stage.

The Kuril islands, which have a population of about 20,000 people, fall under Russian jurisdiction but the Kremlin has been locked in a dispute with Japan over rights to the southermost islands.

Japan was rocked by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake last month which left at least two people dead and more than 100 injured.

The Ring of Fire is home to around 450 volcanoes.

Around 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur in this region, which stretches from New Zealand to Chile passing the coasts of America and Asia.

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