4.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Seabed off East Russia's Coast of Kamchatka

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, Russia, Oct. 17 (UPI) — An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck off the eastern coast of Kamchatka, Russia, Saturday morning, seismologists said.

No casualties or destruction were reported by the Russian Academy of Sciences, ITAR-TASS reported.

The epicenter of the quake was in the Kamchatka Gulf just over 62 miles from the regional center Ust-Kamchatsky at a depth of a little more than 12 miles, the local branch of the Geophysical Service reported.

The tremor was registered at 7:47 a.m. Moscow time (3:47 p.m. EDT).

The Main Department of the Ministry for Emergencies in the Kamchatka Territory said no underground jolts were felt in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky or in any other settlements on the peninsula.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a little more than 221 miles from the epicenter.

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