MOSCOW (AFP) – A 7.5-magnitude quake hit off Russia’s Kuril Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, although there was no tsunami threat.
The quake hit at a depth of 59 kilometers (37 miles), around 1,400 kilometers (around 850 miles) northeast of the Japanese city of Sapporo, USGS added.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, “only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there’s no further threat”.
It had previously warned tsunami waves were possible for coasts within the region.
The four southernmost islands of the Kuril chain — Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu, and Kunashiri — are disputed between Moscow and Tokyo since the top of war II.
The Kurils are referred to as the Northern Territories in Japan.