A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Russia earlier today.
The earthquake struck about 20 miles off the coast in the Bering Sea, near the Kamchatka Peninsula. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) initially recorded the tremor to be of a magnitude 7.0, but later revised it down to a 6.6. There was no immediate report of any casualties or destruction.
Approximately 179,526 residents are believed to be in Kamchatsky – a seaport city in Kamchatka – which lies near the infamous Ring of Fire.
The Sakhalin Tsunami Center has warned the earthquake could possibly trigger local tsunami waves of up to 1.5 meters. But, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no imminent threat. A representative of the Russian Academy of Sciences said: “Residents of the Klyuchi and Kozyrevsk of the Ust-Kamatsky villages experienced this earthquake with a five points magnitude.”
The Kambalny volcano, which started spewing ash several days ago, is in the vicinity of the earthquake’s epicenter. The areas surrounding the volcano has been put on alert. The volcano remains active, with ash clouds rising up to an altitude of 7,000 meters above sea level.