The great earthquake struck the region of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, on the far eastern coast of the country, more than 6,200 km from Moscow. Specifically, the earthquake struck just 22 km west to northwest of Esso, Russia, which has a population of around 1,900, according to the European Seismological Center for the Mediterranean.
However, there have been at least 14 reports of people feeling the earthquake, according to EMSC.
The counts vary widely, with some reporting stronger feelings of shaking than others, with the duration of the quake also being reported differently in different people.
One of them, who said he was more than 330 km from the epicenter, said he suffered a “sharp and short shake” in his residence on the fourth floor.
Another, from Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, 254 km away, said the earth “was shaking gently for a long time”.
Another person in Vilyuchinsk, 338 km away, said: “I didn’t feel anything.”
The CSEM puts the force of magnitude at 6.4 – revised up from its previous figure of 5.9.
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Earthquakes are frequent there and geothermal activity has led to natural phenomena such as volcanoes, hot springs and geysers.
Petropavlovsk-Kamtchatsky, a large city and eastern Russian outpost, has 187,000 inhabitants.
The reason the Kamchatsky Peninsula is so active in terms of earthquakes is that it is located in an area of intense seismic activity known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The Ring of Fire is a long belt sometimes described as horseshoe-shaped that stretches around the coastal areas of the Pacific Ocean.
It is dotted with more than 450 active and dormant volcanoes.
This represents about 75% of all volcanoes in the world.
The area is also known for its earthquakes, due to the boundaries of the tectonic plates along the line.
The Ring of Fire has been the scene of major seismic events throughout history, including the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980 and the Krakatoa eruption of 1883, according to Britannica.