Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has been registered near Russia's Kuril islands, Elena Semenova, the head of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seismological station, told Sputnik.

"The 5.1 magnitude earthquake took place at 12:45 local time [01:45 GMT] ... at a depth of 62 kilometers [over 38 miles]," Semenova said.

The epicenter was located 294 kilometers southwest of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the Kamchatka Territory.

There is no information about any victims or damage caused by the earthquake. No tsunami alert has been declared.

The Kuril Islands are located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire, which is regularly affected by powerful earthquakes. On November 5, 1952, the 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a huge tsunami that devastated the town of Severo-Kurilsk, leaving more than 2,300 people killed.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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