Powerful natural disaster causes tsunami concerns for Pacific Coast

Kuril Islands. REUTERS

Kuril Islands. REUTERS

The US Geological Survey believes the quake was centred 219 kilometres south-southeast of the town of Severo in Russia's Kuril Islands.

It said a tsunami wave was reported in Severo-Kurilsk at around 12:57 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

Seismic waves created false reporting of an natural disaster as close as Kitimat, BC.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said an hour after the quake that there was no more threat of tsunami. They now say a tsunami was not generated, and the threat has ended.

In Japan, meteorological authorities did not issue a tsunami warning and USA officials canceled the warning for Hawaii after the natural disaster struck between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk. "The wave height was about 20 inches", according to emergency services in Russian Federation.

According to USGS and also Tsunami.gov there is and there was no advisory of a possible tsunami threat for the State of Hawaii. The Tsunami Warning Center evaluation of the event said earthquakes of this size are known to generate tsunamis potentially risky to coasts outside of the epicenter.

The Japan Meteorological Association (JMA) said there may be some tidal changes in parts of the country's coastline but said there was no risk of tsunami damage.

Officials reported no casualties or damage but said residents of Severo-Kurilsk were taken to higher ground.

The last major quake to hit the Kuril Islands region occurred in 2006.

There was once additionally panic within the Kuril Islands - north of Japan - and at the Kamchatka volcano and glacier peninsula.

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