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8.2 earthquake strikes off coast of Russia in Sea of Okhotsk

Russian authorities cancel earlier tsunami warning

  • A view of Shiretoko National Park from Sea of Okhotsk in Japan.

    A view of Shiretoko National Park from Sea of Okhotsk in Japan.

    DEVELOPING: URGENT

    The USCGS has detected an 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the Kamchatka Peninsula.

    Russian authorities have lifted a previous tsunami warning…

    The Russian cities closest to epicenter are Esso, Russia, Yelizovo, Russia, Vilyuchinsk, Russia, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

    The quake was felt in Japan.

    A TSUNAMI INFO STATEMENT HAS BEEN POSTED

    PUBLIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
    NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
    1053 PM PDT THU MAY 23 2013

    …THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR ALASKA/ BRITISH
    COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA…

    EVALUATION
    ———-
    * EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE ARE KNOWN TO GENERATE TSUNAMIS
    POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS TO COASTS OUTSIDE THE SOURCE REGION.

    * THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER IS INVESTIGATING
    THE EVENT TO DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF DANGER.

    * MORE INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

    * THIS EARTHQUAKE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE
    TSUNAMI IN THE SOURCE REGION.

    PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
    ———————————
    * MAGNITUDE 8.2
    * ORIGIN TIME 2145 AKDT MAY 23 2013
    2245 PDT MAY 23 2013
    0545 UTC MAY 24 2013
    * COORDINATES 54.7 NORTH 153.4 EAST
    * DEPTH 385 MILES
    * LOCATION SEA OF OKHOTSK

    NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    ————————————–
    * MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF THE
    PROGRESS OF THIS EVENT.

    * REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

    * PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA… OREGON…
    WASHINGTON… BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE
    PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV.

    At this time, no tsunami threat exists.

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