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UPDATE: Two More Strong Quakes Hit Kurils; Still No Tsunami

February 28, 2013, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated March 1, 10:22 AM
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***Updated at 10:20 a.m. Friday.***

Two more strong earthquakes shook the Kuril Islands early this morning, but neither generated a far-reaching tsunami.

The first that struck at 2:53 a.m. Hawaii time had a magnitude of 6.5 and occurred at a depth of 25 miles.

The second was a 6.7-magnitude temblor that hit at 3:21 a.m. Hawaii time. It occurred at a depth of about 19 miles.

The epicenters of both were within a few miles of the stronger tremor that struck the northern end of the Kuril Islands Thursday morning.

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A 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck in an island chain between Japan and Russia early this morning did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami.

The tremor occurred in the Kuril Islands at 4:06 a.m. Hawaii time, the Pacific  Tsunami Warning Center said.

The US Geological Survey said preliminary data showed it occurred at a depth of about 32 miles.

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The Kuril Islands are a volcanic archipelago stretching about 800 miles from Kamchatka, Russia to Japan, separating the Sea of Okhotsk from the North Pacific Ocean.

The USGS describes the region as one of the most geologically active areas in the world.

The Kuril Islands were the location of an 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 16, 2012.

Today’s earthquake struck near the northern tip of the Kurils.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

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