The earthquake was really shallow, only 6 miles (10 km) underneath the seabed, which may have amplified its effect, however it was not even close to any landmass there weren’t any immediate reports associated with a casualties or damage.

() – A effective earthquake of magnitude 7.8 off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula triggered a tsunami warning however the threat has passed, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Off-shore Tsunami Center stated.

The Kamchatka branch of Russia’s emergencies ministry had cautioned that waves as much as 50 cm (1-2/2 ft) high could achieve Nikolskoye.

The quake was adopted by numerous aftershocks, including several above magnitude 5..

The U.S. Off-shore Tsunami Warning Center had cautioned earlier that “hazardous tsunami waves were feasible for coasts within 300 km (186 miles) from the earthquake epicenter.” However it later stated that according to all available data the tsunami threat out of this earthquake had passed.

The quake struck at 11:34 a.m. on Tuesday (2334 GMT on Monday) some 125 miles (200 km) in the town of Nikolskoye on Bering island from the Kamchatka Peninsula. The epicenter was west of Attu, the westernmost and largest island within the Near Islands number of Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands.

The quake was reported like a magnitude 7.7 prior to being revised lower to 7.4 and lastly upgraded to 7.8, a significant quake normally able to causing prevalent and high damage when striking on or near land.

Reporting by Sandra Maler Additional reporting by Alex Winning in Moscow Editing by Peter Cooney and Diane Craft

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