LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A 7.2 magnitude Russia earthquake today has struck near Japan. The Russia earthquake today Friday, April 19, 2013 began roughly one hour ago, officials tell news. No injuries have yet to be detailed by local news.
Officials tell news that shortly after 3:05 PM local time today a Russia quake struck the Kuril Islands. The quake was not centered close to mainland Japan. Rather it was one hundred fifty-five miles east of Kuril’sk, Russia. USGS tells news that the quake was roughly three hundred miles northeast of Nemuro, Japan. The quake was the same distance from Shibetsu, Japan and Abashiri, Japan.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s / National Weather Service tells news that no tsunami alert remains in place currently for continental U.S., Canada, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Meantime the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports no tsunami threat exists in that region either.
Today’s quake was the same epicenter as the February 28, 2013 quake, officials tell news. That month, a 6.9 magnitude quake struck fifty-six miles northeast of Severo-Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands. The quake was roughly one hundred fifty-four miles southwest of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia, USGS told news. The quake also struck roughly one thousand miles from Tokyo, Japan, officials indicated at the time. Damage assessment still remains pending tonight.