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Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Hits Russian Far East off Kamchatka

Friday, 24 May 2013 | 2:02 AM ET
Kamchatka twilight landscape with Tolbachik volcano on background
Yevgen Timashov | E+ I Getty Images
Kamchatka twilight landscape with Tolbachik volcano on background

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Russia'a Far East in the Sea of Okhotsk off the Kamchatka Peninsula, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the quake was located 244 miles west north west of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy at a depth of 385 miles, the USGS said.

Russian emergency authorities lifted a tsunami warning on Friday several minutes after they announced one, following the earthquake.

The main city of Kamchatka is home to a nuclear submarine base and Russia's largest liquified natural gas project is in Sakhalin.

A regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry issued the warning for Sakhalin and the Kurile islands, urging residents to seek high ground after the 8.2 magnitude earthquake at sea, but lifted the warning less than 10 minutes later.

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