July 20, 2012 – A 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Struck South of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia: The quake occurred at 6:10PM at the epicenter. It was 2:10AM in New York, 1:10AM in Chicago, 12:10AM in Denver and 11:10PM (July 19th) in Los Angeles. It was 6:10AM in London, England. The quake struck at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles) and is not expected to generate a tsunami.
The tremor was located 85 miles south of Severo-Kuril’Sk, Russia; 263 miles SSW of Vilyuchinsk, 274 miles SSW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky; and 278 miles SSW of Yelizovo, Russia.
This area of the Northwest Pacific Ocean, along the “Ring of Fire” tectonic plate; is the site of frequent earthquakes; as the Pacific Plate continually pushes to the northwest. This causes frequent subduction zone quakes along the “Ring of Fire” as shown on the map. (Credits: Data – USGS, Narrative and Map – W. G. Foster).
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