powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Russia’s Kamchatka region may
trigger tsunami waves within a 300km radius, the US Pacific tsunami
warning center said.
to the US Geological Survey, the quake hit at
a 11.7km depth in the Pacific some 200km from Nikolskoe, a village
located on the Bering Island off the coast of the Kamchatka
other less powerful quakes were registered in the same region by the
USGS in the past 24 hours.
Kamchatka unit of the Russian emergencies ministry said it expected
the tsunami wave to be no bigger than 0.5 meters. It told Interfax
that Nikolskoe residents reported feeling tremors as did some people
living in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the provincial capital.
forecasted wave, however, failed to materialize, local authorities
reported two hours later after revoking the tsunami alert. The quake
itself did no more damage in Kamchatka than rattling some items off
shelves, according to TASS.
quake comes shortly after a powerful spewing of ash from the
Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka. The ash plume rose to a height of
6 kilometers above sea level, prompting an advisory for planes flying
in the region, local media reported.