An earthquake of magnitude 7, 5 occurred in Kamchatka. The epicenter lay at a depth of 56 kilometers and was located 218 km from the city of Severo-Kurilsk, Sakhalin Region, Russia. The first tsunami waves have already reached the city of Severo-Kurilsk.
Eyewitnesses already report the approach of three waves, which are not yet dangerous, but the approach of the tsunami is superimposed on the tide and therefore the tsunami alarm is not removed, it is likely that the main and largest tsunami wave may come after the first small waves.
The situation is under the control of the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Sakhalin Region. Locals are asked to remain calm and to closely monitor the messages that come in on the speakerphone.
Tremors of magnitude up to 5 were felt in the area of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Vilyuchinsky urban districts, as well as Elizovsky and Ust-Bolsheretsky districts.
According to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Sakhalin Region, the power supply of the city of Severo-Kurilsk after a strong earthquake has not been disrupted, the boiler house is operating as usual, there are destruction of chimney risers in private houses. None of the residents were hurt.
Severo-Kurilsk, Sakhalin Region, Russia
218.6 km (135.9 mi) NNW Population: 2,422
Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatka Territory, Russia
441 km (274 mi) N Population: 25204
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatsky Krai, Russia
455, 7 km (283, 1 mi) N Population: 187 282
Elizovo, Kamchatka Territory, Russia
469.2 km (291.6 mi) N Population: 40692
Keys, Kamchatka Territory, Russia
841.1 km (522.6 mi) NNE Population: 10,000
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the wave height was about 60 cm. Earlier, about 400 people were evacuated from the city due to the threat of a tsunami to safe places.
"The tsunami threat persists, so the residents of Severo-Kurilsk will remain in a safe zone on a hill," the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said. The decision to cancel the alarm will be made after the beginning of low tide.