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Powerful earthquake in Russia, false detection recorded in Kitimat

Last Updated Mar 25, 2020 at 7:46 am PDT

(image via CityNews)

Emergency Info BC is reporting a 4.2-magnitude quake off the coast of Kitimat

At roughly the same time the Kamchatka area of eastern Russia was hit by a much larger, 7.8 magnitude quake

VANCOUVER (NEWS 113) –  A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Russia’s far eastern Kuril Islands and a tsunami warning was issued for the closest shores.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck south-southeast of Severo on the Kuril chain north of Japan.

It was 56 kilometres deep.

In B.C., a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was initially recorded in Kitimat, but Earthquakes Canada has determined that this was a false detection and no earthquake has occurred near Kitimat.

The false detection was caused by seismic waves from the quake near Kuril Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 1,000 kilometres of the quake’s epicenter.

It said earthquakes of this strength in the past have caused tsunamis far from the epicenter, and the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center was analyzing the event to determine the level of danger.