2nd LD Writethru: Tsunami warning issued after 7.5-magnitude quake jolts off Kuril Islands

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BEIJING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) issued a tsunami warning on Wednesday after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 jolted off the Russia's Kuril Islands on Wednesday.

The PTWC warned that hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 1,000 km of the quake's epicenter, with U.S. state Hawaii in the range.

However, the warning was canceled just before 6:00 p.m. local time (0400 GMT Wednesday), with no casualties or damage reported.

"Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter," read the alert that canceled the tsumani warning.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake jolted 219 km southeast off Russia's far eastern Kuril Islands, about 5,900 km east of Hawaii, at 13:49 local time (0249 GMT) on Wednesday, with a depth of 56.65 km.

The last major earthquake in the north Pacific region was a 9.0 magnitude temblor in the northeast coast of the Tohoku region of Japan's Honshu island in 2011.

An estimated 20,000 people were killed or went missing, while close to 500,000 people were forced to evacuate as the quake triggered a massive tsunami with waves estimated to be as high as 38 meters. Enditem

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