7.4 magnitude earthquake shakes eastern coast of Russia, prompts tsunami warning

By Amanda Schmidt, AccuWeather staff writer
December 21, 2018, 2:11:05 AM EST

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 shook Nikol'skoye, Russia, which is off the far east coast of Russia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake had a depth of about 9.6 kilometers, or almost 6 miles, and struck before 5 a.m. local time on Friday about 50 miles west of Nikol’skoye.

Hazardous tsunami waves were possible following the quake, but the tsunami threat has since passed, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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Those who are located in coastal areas near where the earthquake occurred should remain on alert in case there is a powerful aftershock that triggers another tsunami threat.

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