A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the Russian-controlled Kuril Islands today, rattling shops and homes and prompting tsunami fears.
Russia said the quake’s epicentre was 130 miles south-east of Severo-Kurilsk, a town of around 2,500 people on the Kuril island of Paramushir.
Footage from the island showed furniture shaking with items strewn across the floor of shops and apartments, as people scrambled to leave buildings and shopping malls on Russia’s Pacific coast.
Officials reported no casualties but said residents of Severo-Kurilsk were taken to higher ground amid tsunami fears.
A tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii, then rescinded, while officials said there was no danger to Alaska or the west coast of North America. Shaking seen as earthquake rocks locations in eastern Russia