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20 Dec 2018 | 05:39 PM UTC

Russia: Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes off Kamchatka December 20

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7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Nikol’skoye on December 20; tsunami waves possible on shores of Medny Island and Kamchatka Peninsula

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/19/2018, 11:00 PM until 12/20/2018, 10:59 PM (Asia/Vladivostok). COUNTRY/REGION Kamchatka Krai, Medny Island

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) indicates a magnitude-7.4 earthquake has struck approximately 82 km (50 mi) west of Nikol'skoye at 05:01 (local time) on Thursday, December 20. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas of Russia within 300 km (186 mi) of the epicenter, including Medny Island and Kamchatka Peninsula. Further aftershocks and tsunami waves are possible.


Individuals in the affected regions should monitor the situation, be prepared for further aftershocks and possible tsunami waves, and adhere to any instructions issued by local or regional authorities.


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