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An earthquake that occurred in the Pacific Ocean near Japan on Tuesday morning poses no tsunami threat to the Kurile Islands
An earthquake that occurred in the Pacific Ocean near Japan on Tuesday morning poses no tsunami threat to the Kurile Islands, the Sakhalin-based tsunami response centre told Itar-Tass. According to Sakhalin seismologists, the magnitude of the earth tremor was 7.1 points on the Richter scale. The quake epicentre was located at a depth of 24 kilometres under the Pacific Ocean bed, its coordinates are 37 deg. 09 min. latitude north and 145 deg. 08 min. longitude east. This point is located some 150 miles from the Japanese coast. The epicentre was located 535 kilometres from Tokyo. The earthquake’s force was three points on the Richter scale in the Yuzhno-Kurilsk city. Itar-Tass correspondent in Tokyo Vladimir Solntsev reported there were earth tremors in Japan over a large territory from the northern Hokkaido Island to Tokyo. There have been no reports about casualties and destruction. The country's meteorological department warned that a tsunami may hit the Pacific Coast in the short run. The waves are expected to be 50 centimetres high. The Sakhalin tsunami centre experts believe there is no tsunami threat.
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