5.9-magnitude quake hits Russian Far East islands region



VLADIVOSTOK: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the Kamchatka Strait in the Komandorskie Islands region in Russia’s Far East on Wednesday, Xinhua News quoted a RIA Novosti news agency report.

The quake occurred at 12.23 pm local time with its epicentre located 200 km northwest of the Bering Island at a depth of 55.8 km under the seabed.

Residents of the only population centre of the Komandorskie Islands, the Nikolskoye village, felt tremors measuring 3 to 4 on the Richter scale.

So far, there were no reports of damage or casualties. No tsunami warning had been issued.