A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula triggered a tsunami warning for parts of the Pacific.
The quake struck some 125 miles (200 km) from the city of Nikolskoye on Bering Island off the Kamchatka Peninsula.
epicentre was west of Attu, the westernmost and largest island in the
Near Islands group of Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.
prompted a tsunami advisory for Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands and the
Kamchatka branch of Russia's emergency ministry warned of waves up to
50cm (1-2/2 feet) high could reach Nikolskyoe.
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centerwarned that "hazardous tsunami
waves were possible for coasts within 300 km (186 miles) of the
But it later said that based on all available data the tsunami threat from this earthquake had passed.
earthquake was very shallow, only 6 miles (10 km) below the seabed,
which would have amplified its effect, but it was far from any mainland
and there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.
were later reported as being six inches above tide at sparsely
populated Shemya, Alaska, the site of a remote Air Force station in the
extreme western Aleutians.