Russia earthquake: Strong tremor strikes off Kamchatka Peninsula

PUBLISHED Sun, March 20, 2016 - 7:05pm EDT
Credit: USGS

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 has struck off the east coast of Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, seismologists say. No tsunami warnings have been issued. (more)

The earthquake, which struck at 6:50 a.m. local time on Monday, was centered about 235 kilometers (146 miles) west-southwest of Nikol'skoye, or 318 kilometers (198 miles) northeast of Yelizovo, a town in Kamchatka Krai.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center put the preliminary magnitude of Monday's earthquake at 6.6 and said it was centered at a depth of roughly 65 kilometers (40 miles). It said there was no threat of a tsunami.

Shaking was felt throughout large parts of the peninsula, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Other details were not immediately available.

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