Earthquake in Russis
The quake hit the Kamchatka region at 05:10 GMT and it struck at a depth of about 33 km (20 miles) just off the coast in the Bering Sea.
It was initally recorded with a magnitude of 7.0 but the US Geological Survey (UGS) later revised it to 6.6.
Around 179,526 people are thought to live in the Kamchatsky region, which lies near the earthquake hotspot known as the Ring of Fire..
The UGS said: “An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck near Komandorskiye Ostrava in Russia's far east on Wednesday.”
Russian Earthquake shakes eastern region
The Sakhalin Tsunami Centre has warned the earthquake could possibly trigger local tsunami waves of up to 1.5 metres.
But according to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre there is no imminent threat.
The representative of the Russian Academy of Sciences said: “Residents of the Klyuchi and Kozyrevsk of the Ust-Kamatsky villages experienced this earthquake with a five points magnitude.”
There was no immediate report of any casualties or destruction.
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The Kambalny volcano, which unexpectedly started spewing ash several days ago, is in the vicinity of the earthquake’s epicentre.
The area surrounding the volcano in Kamchatka has been put on alert.
The volcano still remains very active with ash clouds rising up to an altitude of 7,000 metres above sea level.
More to follow…