More than 20 states that produce more than half of world's oil take part in OPEC meetingBusiness & Economy December 10, 13:05
Russian energy minister Novak sees 'no risk' OPEC agreement failsBusiness & Economy December 10, 12:43
Defense ministry organizes mass escape for Aleppo civilians via humanitarian corridorsWorld December 10, 12:38
Almost 18,000 civilians evacuated from areas of Aleppo controlled by militantsWorld December 10, 7:41
Russian swimmers win 11 sets of medals at FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m)Sport December 10, 7:00
Shiveluch volcano in Russia’s Far East spews ash to 11 km in airWorld December 10, 5:28
Ceasefire agreements enter into force near Damascus, in Idlib province ― mediaWorld December 10, 4:18
Russian pair Tarasova/Morozov win final of ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in MarseillesSport December 10, 4:00
Matviyenko to visit UAE to participate in Forum of Women Speakers of ParliamentRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 10, 3:21
MOSCOW, October 14 (Itar-Tass) — Friday’s earthquake in Russia’s Far Eastern Amur region has not hampered railway traffic along the Trans-Baikal railway, a source in Russian Railways Co (RZD) told Itar-Tass.
According to the source, specialists keep a close eye on the state of infrastructure facilities. Thus, several contact line masts have been damaged at the Bamovskaya-Kovali section but the track and the contact line itself are intact, the source noted.
The source also said that railway traffic was suspended only for 58 minutes for safety reasons. One train was delayed. By now, the source stressed, traffic proceeds as scheduled.
A spokesman for the Trans-Baikal emergencies administration told Itar-Tass that the Amur quake has not damaged electric power facilities in the Trans-Baikal territory although earth tremors measuring from 1.5 to four points on the Richter scale were felt in some of the districts. The Bureiskaya and Zeiskaya hydropower plants are operating in a regular regime.
In the mean time, spokesman for Russia’s oil major Transneft Igor Demin told Itar-Tass that when the earthquake was registered oil pimping was automatically suspended along the West Siberia-Pacific pipeline to China. According to Demin, as soon as the Russian emergencies ministry warns of possible further earth tremors in the area, the company’s chief engineer says it is too early to resume oil pumping.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Russia’s Far Eastern Amur region on Friday. The focus of the earthquake was located 760 kilometers north-west of the settlement of Talakan and some 25 kilometers west of the settlement of Skovorodino.
Earth tremors were felt in settlement in five districts of the Amur region and in the city of Blagoveshchensk. “All vital facilities are functioning in a regular mode, traffic has not been suspended,” the spokesman for the regional emergencies centre said.
Damage is being established.