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Possibility of new quake in Tuva is minimal – emergencies ministry

December 29, 2011, 10:28 UTC+3
The so-called aftershock processes when a number of weaker earth tremors is registered testify to the fact that the first strong quake will not repeat
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GORNO-ALTAISK, December 29 (Itar-Tass) — The possibility of a new strong quake in Russia’s republic of Tuva is minimal, the regional department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reported on Thursday.

According to the agency, the so-called aftershock processes when a number of weaker earth tremors is registered testify to the fact that the first strong quake will not repeat. There have been already 26 weak earth tremors in the region. Thus, the possibility of a strong quake is small, it says.

Tuva is a seismically dangerous territory, where quakes measuring eight to nine on the Richter scale are possible. A total of 218 seismic events have been fixed in the republic over the past 20 years.

Two of them, in 1991 and 1995, were similar in their strength to the quake that occurred there on December 27, when the quake measured 9.5 on the Richter scale. This was the strongest ever quake in the region.

 

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