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7.5-magnitude quake felt in Kuril Islands

7.5-magnitude quake felt in Kuril Islands

The local residents of the islands have been advised to move to higher ground.

Mar 25, 2020 14:50 IST

7.5-magnitude quake felt in Kuril Islands 1

An earthquake with the magnitude of 7.5 was felt across Russia’s Kuril Islands on March 25, 2020, leading to issuance of tsunami alert that was later canceled.

The local residents of the islands moved to higher ground even though there is no eminent tsunami threat. The epicentre of the earthquake was 210 km southeast of Severo-Kurilsk, a town that is home to around 2500 people. The town is located on the Kuril island of Paramushir. 

According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, no casualties or damage has been reported so far but the residents have been requested to move to higher ground.

Tsunami alert

The Russian Emergencies Ministry reported a small tsunami wave measuring up to 50 cm or 1.6 feet. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also reported that very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake. The centre has dismissed the possibility of any further threat. However, the Russian Emergencies Ministry has stated that the local residents will remain in a safe place at a higher ground until the tsunami threat is fully over. 

Kuril Islands: All you need to know 

The Kuril Islands also known as a volcanic archipelago are located in Russia’s Sakhalin Oblast, northeast of Hokkaido in Japan. 

There are 56 islands and minor rocks including greater Kuril Chain and Lesser Kuril Chain. The islands are home to about 20,000 people. 

All the islands fall under Russian administration. However, Japan claims to have the right over four of the southernmost islands of Kuril chain since the end of the Second World War. The disputed islands are known as the Northern Territories in Japan. 

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