March 24, 2013. An earthquake measuring 6.3 occurred Sunday off the coast of Kamchatka, according to the Kamchatka Branch of the Geophysical Service RAS.
The epicenter was registered at 16.18 local time (08.18 MSK), 230 kilometers from the southern tip of the peninsula Kamchatka, Cape Lopatka, at a depth of 92.4 kilometers under the seabed.
In urban areas the province, including in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, far from the epicenter of the earthquake about 300 kilometers, the tremors were not felt, no destruction, the threat of a tsunami has not been announced.
According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations in 2013 increased risks of large earthquakes magnitude more than 7.5 predicted in Sakhalin, Northern and Southern Kuril Islands, south of Kamchatka (for cities of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Elizovo Vilyuchinsk), as well as in the area of the Kamchatka Strait (including the area of Bering Island). The height of waves likely tsunami can reach 5-8 meters.
The largest lately in the world in general, and in the Far East, in particular, earthquake occurred in March 2011 in Japan. Then after the tremors of magnitude 9.0 on the coast came a 14-meter wave tsunami, which flooded four of the six reactors of the plant "Fukushima-1" and put out of action reactor cooling system, which led to a series of hydrogen explosions and meltdown of the core. The complete elimination of the accident, including the dismantling of the reactors, will take about 40 years.