Avacha Bay
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Far east, Russia, Avacha Bay, the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake was reported in the Russian Far East near the Kamchatka Peninsula, which is located in a seismically active zone and regularly suffers from earthquakes.

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit on Sunday the Avacha Bay near the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, local department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

"According to the data obtained by the Petropavlovsk seismological station, the seismological event occurred at 9:00 a.m. local time [21:00 on Saturday GMT] in the Avacha Bay. The epicenter of the earthquake was located at a depth of 72 kilometers [about 45 miles] ... The magnitude of the seismological event amounted to 5.6. The seismological event was felt in some parts of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky as tremors with up to 3.0-magnitude," the statement said.

The epicenter was located 72 kilometers east of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

"The tsunami alert was not declared," the statement said.

The Kamchatka Peninsula is located in a zone of volcanic and geothermal activity and contains 68 active volcanoes. The region is the part of the so-called "Ring of Fire" - a string of volcanoes encircling the Pacific Ocean.