Friday, May 24, 2013

Ring Of Fire Earthquakes Hit Russia 8.2 And US 5.7

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of Thursday's 8.2 quake was in the Kuril-Kamchatka arc, one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

Marina Kolomiyets, from the Russian Academy of Sciences, said it originated 375 miles under the sea bed in the Sea of Okhotsk, just off Russia's east coast and north of Japan.

A tsunami warning for the Sakhalin and the Kuril islands was issued, but lifted soon afterwards.

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A second, smaller 5.7 magnitude quake also struck the US.

It hit northern California's Plumas County at 8.47pm local time and was centred six miles west of Greenville.

Sacramento television station KCRA-TV said the tremors were felt in the city, some 145 miles south of the epicentre.

Eight aftershocks ranging from 2.6 to 3.5 magnitude were also recorded.

http://news.sky.com/story/1095035/ring-of-fire-earthquake-hits-russia-and-us

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