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Earthquake with Magnitude 7.5 jolts Russia

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

25th Mar, 2020. 03:14 pm
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Earthquake tremors felt in Mansehra & nearby areas

Russia was jolted with earthquake having the magnitude of 7.5 on Wednesday.

US Geological Survey said, the earthquake prompted tsunami warning that was later cancelled.

The Guardian reported that the quake hit at a depth of 59 km (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 1,000 km 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”.

“Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level,” the center said in its advisory about risks to the coasts of Hawaii, Japan, Russia and the Pacific islands of Midway, the Northern Marianas and Wake Island.

Meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts, although they said there might be slight tidal changes.

A tsunami watch alert was issued for Hawaii and later cancelled.

The height is equivalent to just under a foot.

The Meteorological Agency warned about slight tidal changes but said no warnings or even watch advisories had been issued.

The earthquake, 218 km (135 miles) south-southeast of the town of Severo, struck at a depth of 56.7 km (35 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The four southernmost islands of the Kuril chain – Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu and Kunashiri – 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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