Big earthquake near Kuril Islands but tsunami warning cancelled

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit off  Russia’s Kuril Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

A tsunami warning was issued saying waves were possible within 1,000km of the quake’s epicenter but was later cancelled. “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.The quake hit at a depth of 59km (37 miles), around 1,400km north-east of the Japanese city of Sapporo.


Gov. David Ige took to Twitter to tell residents to “stay tuned to official sources.” Residents rushed out of their homes, fleeing malls, shops and offices when the quake struck the region in the middle of the working day. Over the last seven days, there has been one other earthquake above magnitude 3.0 within 100 miles of this area. The Kuril islands are surrounded by waters that are among the most productive in the North Pacific, supporting a wide range and high abundance of marine life. In the history there were other big earthquakes in the area.