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Kuril Island Faces A 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake; Tsunami Warning Cancelled

Publish On: 25 Mar, 2020 11:38 AM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

MOSCOW: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 hit off the Kuril Islands situated in Russia today i.e. 25 March 2020. Following this, a tsunami warning issued by the US Geological Survey (USGS) got cancelled. The earthquake struck at a depth of 59 km near 1400 km north-east region of the city of Sapporo, Japan.  The USGS reported that there were no prior reports of the fatalities.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre had declared previously that precarious tsunami waves can likely take place around 1000 km of the epicentre of the earthquake. It also stated that earthquakes which such magnitude before this one has caused tsunamis ranging far from the epicentre. The centre eventually said, "only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat”.

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The previous announcement of the centre said, “Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level." It also claimed that the shores in the areas of Wake Island, Pacific islands of Midway, the Northern Marianas, Japan, Hawaii and Russia are at risk.

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However, no meteorological departments from Japan cautioned the public of any alerts. Some meteorological officials only claimed that there might be slight tidal changes. The tsunami watch alert which was issued for Hawaii later got cancelled.