Map of the area where the quake originated
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Powerful earthquake off Russian peninsula

A powerful earthquake has struck off the Kamchatka peninsula in the far east of Russia, briefly triggering a tsunami warning.

The epicentre of the quake, which the US Geological Survey said was of magnitude 8.3, was in the Sea of Okhotsk, around 600 km (380 miles) under the sea.

The quake was so powerful tremors were felt some 7,000km (4,500 miles) to the west in Moscow, and the BBC's Daniel Sandford says some buildings in the capital were evacuated.

  • 24 May 2013