Japan’s Kuril Islands : Earthquake
An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on the Richter Scale jolted Japan’s Kuril Islands, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) informed
- The Kuril Islands stretch from Japan’s Hokkaido to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, separating the Okhotsk Sea from the North Pacific Ocean.
- They are part of the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, with over 100 volcanoes, 35 active, and numerous hot springs. The Southern Kuril Islands are disputed between Russia and Japan.
- The islands have been under Russian administration since their 1945 invasion by the Soviet Union near the end of World War II.
- Japan claims the four southernmost islands, including two of the three largest (Iturup and Kunashir), as part of its territory, as well as Shikotan and the unpopulated Habomai islets, which has led to the ongoing Kuril Islands dispute.
- The disputed islands are known in Japan as the country’s “Northern Territories”