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GORNO-ALTAISK, February 27 (Itar-Tass) —— A total of 21 new tremors have been registered in Tuva following the first strong quake, which hit southwestern Siberia on Sunday afternoon, the press service of the Republican Head Department of the Ministry for Emergency Situations said on Monday.
The first quake with a magnitude of around 8. 5 points on the MSK-64 scale was registered 51 kilometers northeast of the settlement of Saryg-Sen in the Kaa-Khemsky district on February 26. In Kyzyl - the capital of the republic of Tuva, the quake reached 5.5 points.
The Tuva Commission for Emergency Situations declared an emergency regime in the republic. To prevent panic among the population and ensure calm and order the latest information about the situation has been provided on creeping lines on "CTC" and "TNT" television channels and announced through loudspeakers on police patrol cars.
Twelve temporary accommodation centers were opened in Tuva where 510 people were accommodated. In rural areas local inspectors have been going from door to door, putting down information about the damages the quake caused to the housing sector.
The Ministry for Emergency Situations has opened a Help Line for the population of the quake torn areas: 8(39422)-9-99-99 and 8(39422)2-64-24, the telephones are operating round the clock.