Massive 7.8 quake strikes Russian Federation

Massive 7.8 quake strikes Russian Federation

A tsunami advisory is in effect for Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a 7.8 magnitude natural disaster struck off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula Monday evening.

This is the second strongest quake of 2017.

The natural disaster was followed by several aftershocks hit the northern Pacific Ocean between the tip of the Aleutian Islands and Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.

The quake occurred at 7:34 p.m. EDT approximately 124 miles east-southeast of Nikol'skoye, Russia, off the coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, at a depth of 7.3 miles.

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Earlier, the United States Geological Survey reported a powerful quake of magnitude 7.4, 300 kilometers west of Attu, the westernmost and largest island in the Near Islands group of Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

A tsunami of 0.3 feet was observed on Shemya Island, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands.

The natural disaster was originally reported as a 7.4 magnitude quake, but it wwas later upgraded to 7.8. The quake was initially estimated at 7.4 but USGS revised its estimate to 7.7.

At this time, there is no tsunami threat for the coasts of Washington, Oregon, California or Hawaii.