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Tsunami alert issued after 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Russia

Tsunami alert issued after 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Russia

Tsunami alert issued after 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Russia

By Staff Writer

29 Mar, 2017 | 12:04 pm

A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, some 80 kilometers north east of Ust-Kamchatsk. The Sakhalin tsunami monitoring center issued a warning of possible local waves of up to 1.5 meters.

The earthquake was registered at 7:09 Moscow time. No casualties or damage have been reported so far. The regional emergencies authorities were not immediately available for a comment.

“We declared a tsunami threat based on seismic data,” a spokesman from the Tsunami center announced. However, the spokesman emphasized that oceanographers are yet to confirm the tsunami threat.

Coincidentally, the earthquake happened in the vicinity of the Kambalny volcano which unexpectedly started spewing ash several days ago after waking from a 250 year period of inactivity. The area around the volcano in Kamchatka has been put on alert. The volcano still remains active as the ash rose to an altitude of over 7,000 meters above sea level.