Tsunami warnings after magnitude 7.8 quake strikes near Russia's Kuril islands

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands but meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands but meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts

US authorities put out tsunami warnings on Wednesday after an natural disaster of magnitude 7.8 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands, but meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts, although they said there might be slight tidal changes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 219 kilometres south-southeast of Severo on the Kuril chain north of Japan. It was 37 miles deep.

"Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this quake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter", wrtote the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

On Twitter, natural disaster expert Lucy Jones said "this Russian quake is not the type that usually produces a tsunami".

"This quake has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami in the source region", it said. He retweeted a link from the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center that said the agency is working to determine the threat. A tsunami watch alert was issued for Hawaii and later cancelled.

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