Deep M6.4 earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia


A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Kamchatka, Russia at 03:41 UTC (15:41 LT) on September 15, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 329 km (204 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 320 km (198 miles).

The epicenter was located 13.7 km (8.5 miles) WNW of Esso (population 1 965) and 152 km (94 miles) WSW of Klyuchi (population 10 000), Russia.

There are about 10 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

308 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking.

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are adobe block and unreinforced brick with mud construction.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google


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