Russian Federation lifts tsunami warning after 7.5-magnitude quake off Kuril Islands

Clay Curtis
March 25, 2020

A 7.2-magnitude quake hit off Russia's Kuril Islands on Wednesday, prompting local residents to seek higher ground due to a tsunami threat, authorities said.

However, later it said, "only very small tsunami waves were generated by this natural disaster and there is no further threat".

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:49 p.m. 219 kilometers south-southeast of Severo on the Kurile chain northeast of Japan.

Seismic waves created false reporting of an quake as close as Kitimat, BC.

Earlier, the quake was recorded at 7.8 on the Richter scale but the US Geological Survey (USGS) later revised it to 7.5.

Emergency services reported small waves and no casualties or damage after the natural disaster.

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In addition, the PTWC said there was no tsunami danger for the U.S. West Coast, British Columbia or Alaska, although the center noted that some of these areas may experience non-damaging sea level changes.

A 7.5 magnitude natural disaster struck in the northern Pacific on Wednesday and forecasters said tsunami waves were possible for the nearest shores.

The National Weather Service issued the watch at 5:01 p.m., noting a possibility that tsunami waves may result as an after-effect of the natural disaster.

The height is equivalent to just under a foot.

Emergency services reported small waves and no casualties or damage after the natural disaster.

The Japan Meteorological Association also said there might be slight tidal changes but said no warnings or even watch advisories had been issued. It created a small tsunami that impacted the northern coast of Japan and parts of California.

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