Magnitude 7.7 earthquake in Bering Sea triggers tsunami warning
efe-epaWashington DC18 Jul 2017
A handout shake map made available by the United States Geological Survey shows the location of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck at a depth of 11.7 km at 11:54 pm local time, 199 km (124 miles) west of Nikolskoye, Russia, 17 July 2017. EPA/UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES.
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami warning on Monday when it hit an area in the Bering Sea off the eastern coast of the Russian locality of Nikolskoye, the United States Geological Survey reported.
According to the USGS, the tremor occurred at 11.34pm GMT, 199 kilometers east of Nikolskoye on Bering Island, where more than 600 people live, at a depth of 11.7 kilometers.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Japan, Russia, the Marshall Islands and the island of Yap in Micronesia, as well as Guam, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, and other outlying areas of the US in the North Pacific Ocean.
The chain of the Aleutian Islands, where Bering Island is located, is a zone with frequent seismic activity that extends to about 3,000 kilometers from the US Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka in the west.