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Strong Earthquake Strikes Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula

A strong 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

The quake occurred on the morning of January 30 at a depth of 160 kilometers, about 95 kilometers northeast of the Russian town of Yelizovo, it said.

The National and Pacific Tsunami Warning Centers said there was no risk of a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Russian Academy of Sciences said on its website the first tremor was followed minutes later by a 5.2-magnitude aftershock.

Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of fault lines that circle the Pacific Ocean and are prone to frequent, large earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and dpa