6.9-magnitude quake hits off Russian far east: USGS
AFPMOSCOW -- A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Thursday off the coast of far eastern Russia, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, with Russian officials saying the tremor caused no damage or casualties.
March 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The USGS said the quake hit off the Kuril islands in the Pacific at 1405 GMT at a depth of 53 kilometers (33 miles).
Russia's emergency ministry said the quake's magnitude was 6.3, with the Kamchatka Peninsula's main city Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky recording a magnitude of up to 4.
“There is no threat of tsunami, no casualties or damage,” the ministry said in a statement.