Viernes, 28 Julio, 2017

Tsunami threat passes after massive quake between Russia, Alaska

Map of Russia locating a 7.7-magnitude quake off the east coast on Monday. AFP Map of Russia locating a 7.7-magnitude quake off the east coast on Monday. AFP
Eleena Tovar | 18 Julio, 2017, 12:36

The earthquake was originally reported as a 7.4 magnitude quake, but it wwas later upgraded to 7.8.

The earthquake struck at 1.34 on Tuesday local time (0934 AEST) some 125 miles (200 km) from the city of Nikol'skoye on Bering island off the Kamchatka Peninsula.

No reports on loss of lives or property have been reported so far.

Initial automated reporting systems indicate the quake happened at a depth of about 10km, potentially sending ripples through the seafloor above.

It hit at 9.34am AEST and there was no threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories, the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said.

"Minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake over the next few hours", the center said.

"Based on preliminary earthquake parameters... hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicentre", said the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. An earthquake of 6.0-magnitude was witnessed on Monday.