Massive Alaska quake sparks tsunami warning near Russian Federation

Massive Alaska quake sparks tsunami warning near Russian Federation

Tsunami waves, however, were unlikely to reach Kamchatka's eastern coast, some 500 km (310 miles) away. It told Interfax that Nikolskoe residents reported feeling tremors as did some people living in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the provincial capital.

Magnitudes between 6.5 and 7.5Earthquakes of this size do not usually produce destructive tsunamis.

The US Aleutian Islands are close the affected area, but preliminary information indicates there is no threat of a tsunami hitting the nation's west coast or Alaska.

Tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 186 miles of the quake epicenter, officials said.

Originally recorded as 7.4 magnitude, it has been upgraded to magnitude 7.8 the US Geological Survey says.

About 1:48 p.m. Hawaii time, a 7.4 magnitude quake was detected in Russian Federation.

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