Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes northwest of Russia’s Kurile islands

Iturup, one of four islands known as the Kuriles in Russia. (AFP pic)

KURILE ISLANDS: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck an area 282 km (175 miles) northwest of the Kurile islands off Russia in the northwest Pacific on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

There was no immediate tsunami warning or any reports of any damage or casualties resulting from the quake, which the USGS said had occurred at a depth of 470 km (292 miles).