Russia: A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit off Russia’s Kuril Islands on Wednesday and a Tsunami warning was issued, which was cancelled later, the US Geological Survey said.
The quake hit at a depth of 59km (37 miles), around 1,400km north-east of the Japanese city of Sapporo, USGS added. There were no early reports of casualties.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 1,000km of the quake’s epicentre. It said earthquakes of this strength in the past had caused tsunamis far from the epicentre.
But later it said “only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat”.
The four southernmost islands of the Kuril chain – Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu and Kunashiri – have been disputed between Moscow and Tokyo since the end of the second world war. The Kurils are known as the Northern Territories in Japan.
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