Tsunami warning issued after 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Russia’s Kamchatka

Thursday, December 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

RT.com
20 Dec, 2018

A tsunami warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Russia’s Far East after a strong earthquake off the coast of Kamchatka. Waves are said to be possible within 300 kilometers of the epicenter.

The quake was registered on Friday morning local time, at the depth of 33 kilometers (20 miles) under the Bering Sea, some 80 kilometers east of the coast of Kamchatka.

The nearest inhabited settlement is the village of Nikolskoye, on the Bering Island, part of the Commander Islands chain.

There was no threat as of yet to Alaska, the continental US, or Hawaii, the US government’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The area where the quake took place is on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” a seismically active area all along the rim of the Pacific Ocean. Three weeks ago, a 7.2 quake struck near Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, causing widespread damage but no fatalities.

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