Huge EarthquakeMay 24th, 2013 at 3:34 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
A huge earthquake occurred at approximately 2:44 AM EDT in the Sea of Okhotsk just west of the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. It’s about 1475 miles north of Tokyo. This was a deep quake, 378.4 miles below sea level. The quake has been given a preliminary magnitude of 8.3. It looks like we have had only a dozen earthquakes of that magnitude since 1966. The Pacific Tsunami Center has issued this statement: “BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.” Slight tremors spreadwestwards as far as Moscow, 5,000 miles to the west. Tremors were felt in central Moscow, prompting some people to evacuate from buildings. Russian news agencies also cited eyewitnesses reporting strong tremors across Siberia. The earthquake was said to be more than 10 times more powerful than the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.