A POWERFUL magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the Kuril Islands in Russia at 4.16pm Pacific time (12.16am BST), causing major tremors across the region.
By SAM STEVENSON
Thu, Oct 11, 2018
There is no danger of a tsunami, the National Weather Service reported.
The quake struck 177 km (109 miles) south of Severo-Kuril’sk at a depth of 33 km (20 miles), the USGS said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
The earthquake was later downgraded to a magnitude 6.3.
The Russian town of Severo-Kurilsk felt the quake as a magnitude 4, which means “often felt but only causes minor damage”.
The town on the island of Paramushir has a population of more than 2,500 residents as per the 2010 census.
Other nearby places that could be affected are: Vilyuchinsk, Kamtsjatka, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamtsjatka and Klyuchi, Kamtsjatka – all in Russia.
The Kuril tectonic arc extends approximately 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.