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Strong 6.8 quake shakes Siberia, no casualties

February 27, 2012 Comments off

hindustantimes.com

A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 shook several republics in Russia’s southwestern Siberia on Sunday but caused no casualties or serious damage, the emergencies ministry said.

The tremor, which occurred at 1:20pm local time (0620 GMT) in the republic of Tyva, had its epicentre

about 107 kilometres (66 miles) from the town of Kyzyl, which saw tremors of a similar magnitude on December 27.

The remote and scarcely populated republic on the Mongolian border is one of Russia’s most seismically active regions along with its Pacific Ocean coast.

The regional emergencies ministry said the quake was felt throughout Tyva and neighbouring regions but caused no casualties or any serious structural damage, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

But several locals reported their apartment windows breaking and books and other items falling off shelves, with a series of tremors lasting four or five minutes.

“My photographs and pictures started falling Read more…