Powerful quake hits waters in Russia's far east

26 Mars, 2020, 00:29 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Kuril Islands. REUTERS

Emergency services reported that the height of the wave recorded was about 50 cm (20 in) amid the tsunami threat.

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

A tsunami threat was reported within 621 miles from the earthquake's epicenter.

A Tsunami Watch means an natural disaster occurred that may have generated a tsunami.

United States authorities put out tsunami warnings on Wednesday after an natural disaster of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands, but meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts, although they said there might be slight tidal changes.

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"A tsunami wave arrived in Severo-Kurilsk at 1515 Sakhalin time. The wave height was about 20 inches", according to emergency services in Russian Federation.

The authorities also prompted a tsunami warning, which was later cancelled. The specialists will make the decision on cancelling the alarm after the low tide starts. The Tsunami Warning Center evaluation of the event said earthquakes of this size are known to generate tsunamis potentially unsafe to coasts outside of the epicenter. The agency did report that the coastal areas of the US may see non-damaging sea-level changes.

Hawaii was placed under a brief tsunami watch Tuesday night after a 7.8 magnitude natural disaster struck off the coast of the Pacific Ocean's Kuril Islands.

Residents within the northern Kuril Islands remained below risk from a tsunami and had been ordered to stay on upper flooring then wait for directions.

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