On Tuesday night, an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale shook the eastern end of Russia near the Kuril Islands, triggering tsunami warnings in countries in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
According to the agency, the movement had an epicenter 219 kilometers south-southeast of Sévero-Kurilsk, Russia, at a depth of 56.7 kilometers.
The Kurils are an archipelago located at the eastern end of the Hokkaido Japanese island.
Russia and Japan have been disputing the sovereignty of the four southernmost islands of the Kurils (Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu and Kunashiri) since the end of World War II.
In Japan these islands are called the Northern Territories.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center indicated the possibility of dangerous tsunami waves within 1,000 kilometers of the earthquake’s epicenter.
He noted that, in the past, earthquakes of this magnitude have caused tsunamis far from the epicentre, and the US National Tsunami Warning Center is analysing the event to determine the level of danger.
Tsunami Info Stmt 2: M7.5 East Of Kuril Islands 1949PDT Mar 24: Tsunami NOT expected; CA,OR,WA,BC,and AK
— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, the (USGS) issued an update saying that tsunami waves are predicted to be less than 0.3 meters above tide level for the coasts of Hawaii, Japan, Russia, Johnston Atoll, Midway Island, the Northern Marianas, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Wake Island.
However, it was determined that there was no threat.
The waves hit near the city of Severo-Kurilsk and were half a meter high, the Russian Emergency Service reported. About 400 people were evacuated from the port area to a safe hill. There are no reports of victims or damage.
The tsunami threat persists today, so residents of Sévero–Kurilsk will remain in the safe area of the hill, authorities say.
On the other hand, authorities in Peru and Chile discarded that the earthquake would generate a tsunami warning for both countries, although they remain on alert by monitoring their coastlines.
Terremoto en Rusia activó la alerta de #Tsunami en Hawái y Chile.
Según esta simulación del oleaje, tardaría unas 20 horas en llegar a 🇨🇱 pic.twitter.com/m9MCucSCtE
— Duber Uribe 🦠😷 (@uribeduber) March 25, 2020