7.7 ocean quake triggers tsunami warnings for Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2017

The epicenter of the magnitude-7.7 natural disaster was located about 123 miles (199 km) east-southeast of Nikol'skoye, Russia, according to the USGS.

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

The epicentre is reported to have been 234km of Nikol'Skoye, Russia, among the Komandorski islands of the Bering Strait.


The quake occurred at 7:34 p.m. EDT approximately 124 miles east-southeast of Nikol'skoye, Russia, off the coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, at a depth of 7.3 miles. The quake was initially estimated at 7.4 but USGS revised its estimate to 7.7.

Two large earthquakes rattled Russian Federation on Monday, but no tsunami threat was issued for Hawaii.

Typical tsunami waves are usually capable of hitting coasts within 186 miles of the quake, according to the US Geological Survey.


It was followed by several aftershocks, including a couple above a magnitude of 5.0.

This is now the second strongest natural disaster of 2017.


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