No tsunami after quake rocks Russia’s Kuril Islands
Published: Mar 25, 2020 06:38 PM

Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands (Photo Source:

A 7.5-magnitude quake hit off Russia's Kuril Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. 

Meteorological authorities in Japan didn't issue any tsunami alerts while US authorities canceled a warning for Hawaii after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Russia's Kuril Islands.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the country's West Coast, Alaska and Canada's British Columbia didn't face any tsunami danger from the quake. "Only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat."

Some of the US coastal areas may experience non-damaging sea level changes, the agency added.

The temblor, which occurred at 7:34 pm local time, was centered at 44.7 degrees north latitude and 148.9 degrees east longitude.

The quake hit at a depth of 59 kilometers, around 1,400 kilometers northeast of the Japanese city of Sapporo, USGS added.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The four southernmost islands of the Kuril chain - Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu and Kunashiri - have been disputed between Moscow and Tokyo since the end of the Second World War.

Reuters / AFP