Massive Alaska quake sparks tsunami warning near Russia

Massive Alaska quake sparks tsunami warning near Russia

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck in the northern Pacific Ocean between the tip of Alaska's Aleutian Islands and Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Tuesday (Jul 18).

It struck just east of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, prompting the US Pacific Tsunami Warning centre to issue a tsunami warning.

This quake was followed by several aftershocks, some of which were greater than 5.0 magnitude.

"Based on preliminary earthquake parameters... hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicentre", said officials.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre issued an alert on Tuesday morning confirming there is no threat to Australia.

Earlier in the day, another quake of the magnitude of 6.2 was recorded in the area.

It is not yet clear what kind of damage the earthquake has caused, if any. The earthquake hit near the Komandorskiye Ostrova region of Russia.