Powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits off coast of Russia

UPDATE @ 12.45pm: A tsunami warning has been cancelled following a strong magnitude 7.4 earthquake in the Bering Sea.

The quake struck midway between Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, at a depth of 11km.

The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska initially issued an advisory, saying it could cause tsunami waves within 300 kilometres, however the advisory has since been cancelled.


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EARLIER @ 10.00am: A strong magnitude 7.4 earthquake has struck in the Bering Sea between Russia and Canada, sparking fears of a possible tsunami.

The quake struck midway between Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, at a depth of 11km.

Geoscience Australia says it could have been felt by people up to 2273km away and could have caused damage up to 181km away.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said it could cause tsunami waves within 300 kilometres.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed there was no tsunami threat to Australia.