Shallow M6.6 earthquake hits off the east coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia


A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit off the east coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia at 18:38 UTC on March 16, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 22 km (13.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).

The epicenter was located 175 km (109 miles) SSE of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Kamchatka and 233 km (145 miles) SE of Klyuchi, Kamchatka, Russia.

There are just a few people living within 100 km (62 miles).

6 000 people are estimated to have felt light 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.

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Regional seismicity

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One Comment

  1. Note that the Kamchatka Peninsula has Earthquakes synchronous and antipodal with South Sandwich Islands EQ’s. Just as EQ’s in the Vanautu, Loyalty, Kermadec and New Zealand region are synchronous and antipodal to Mt. Etna and Greek EQ’s. And, as Central Indian Ridge EQ’s are synchronous and antipodal to the NMSZ!!!

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