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Magnitude 6.3 Quake Hits Off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred in the Pacific ocean, near the Commander Islands.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred in the Pacific ocean, near the Commander Islands, which are part of Russia's Kamchatka Territory, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Tuesday.

The epicenter was located at a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles), 189 kilometers southeast of the village of Nikolskoye, on Bering Island in the Commander Islands chain.

There were neither immediate reports of casualties or damage, nor a tsunami threat.

According to the Richter scale, earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 — 6.9 are considered strong, and can cause either moderate or severe damage.

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