Earthquake : 7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia - US scientists

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck in the northern Pacific Ocean.

The quake struck at 11:34am on Tuesday (2334 GMT on Monday) some 125 miles (200 km) from the city of Nikol'skoye on Bering island off the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Earthquake : 7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia - US scientists
Earthquake : 7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia - US scientists

The quake followed several other aftershocks ranging to 1.2 to a couple above 5.0 magnitudes before simmering down.

"Based on preliminary earthquake parameters... hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicentre", said the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre. A 7.9 magnitude quake in Papua New Guinea on Jan. 22 was the strongest so far this year.

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No reports of loss of lives or property have been reported from the area that is sparsely populated, indicating low human impact.

Originally, the USGS estimated the earthquake as a 7.4 magnitude but quickly revised it to 7.7. The earthquake hit near the Komandorskiye Ostrova region of Russia.

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