6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off Kuril Islands, eastern Russia

There are no reports of damage.It’s the second quake to hit the Kuril Islands this year. A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck the Isles on January 1. TheIslands were also hit with two earthquakes in November 2012, whichmeasured magnitudes of 6.8 and 5.3.The Kuril Islands are located 90 kilometers (56 miles) fromSevero-Kuril’sk, Russia. Tokyo is located 2,204 kilometers (1,369miles) away from the Isles.The population of the Islands is around 19,000 people, and thetotal land area is about 15,600 square kilometers (6,000 squaremiles).

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6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes off Kuril Islands, eastern Russia

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