●Russia’s far eastern Kuril Islands
•Recently, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the northern Pacific and a tsunami warning was issued for the closest shores on Russia’s far eastern Kuril Islands
•Kuril Islands are stretched from the Japanese island of Hokkaido to the southern tip of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula separating Okhotsk Sea from the North Pacific ocean
•The South Kuril Islands comprises Etorofu island, Kunashiri island, Shikotan island and the Habomai island.
[These islands are claimed by Japan but occupied by Russia as successor state of the Soviet Union]
•Despite a series of agreements, the dispute continues and Japan still claims historical rights to the southernmost islands and has tried repeatedly to persuade the Soviet Union and, from 1991, Russia to return those islands to Japanese sovereignty