Tremors were felt along the Pacific Ring of Fire on October 4. The earthquake was felt in certain parts of Russia, Fiji, and Taiwan. A 5.7 magnitude earthquake was felt in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. The region is a rural settlement area in the far northeastern corner of Russia.
According to the Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Science (GS RA) spokesperson, "A seismic event took place on Thursday at the daytime local time in the Kamchatka Strait off the eastern coast of the peninsula. The epicentre of the earthquake was located at the depth of over 50 kilometres (31 miles), 88 kilometres to the south of the locality of Ust-Kamchatsk".
Reportedly, it was the 4th earthquake in the region in the past 24 hours. The preceding earthquakes felt in the Kamchatka regions were of the intensity 4.8 and 5.1 magnitudes on the Richter scale. However, no loss to human life or material property were reported. Earlier this year, the region has witnessed two earthquakes of 5.6 and 5.8-magnitude too.
Fiji also felt shakes due to the earthquake of 5.5 magnitude. It took place just off the coast of Lambasa and is likely to cause potential loss to the country. Tremors were felt in Taiwan which sits atop the fault line. However, the intensity was comparatively low of 4.8 magnitudes, and no deaths were monitored. Parts of the US also felt shakes due to the earthquake.
In the recent past, Southeast Asia was rocked with strong earthquakes. It was followed by a Tsunami. Indonesia is the worst hit, suffering the loss of thousands of human life and disrupted the country for a long time. Rescue works are underway as the whole world came together to support Indonesia in combating the calamity.
Earthquakes are a natural phenomenon caused by the clashing of the tectonic plates under the surface of the earth. The resulting shakes can be felt on the land and the sea, which might trigger tsunami waves too. The Ring of Fire is an area which is more prone to witnessing a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
(With Inputs from ANI)