The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday there was no earthquake in western Russia after earlier reporting on its website a magnitude 6.8 near the border with Belarus.

USGS Geophysicist Paul Caruso said the agency's sensors mislocated an earthquake that was taking place elsewhere. The Russia earthquake appeared on the USGS website while a series of strong temblors were taking place in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, some 700 miles (1,100 km) south of Greenland.

It was earlier reported that the regin of Bryansk had been hit by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake.

It follows an earlier 3.7 magnitude quake close to the Russia –Xinjiang border at 7am this morning.