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Two quakes with magnitudes of over 5 points rock North Kuril islands

February 29, 2012, 10:18 UTC+3
An earthquake measuring 4.7 points was also registered on Wednesday in the area of the Commander Islands
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VLADIVOSTOK, February 29 (Itar-Tass) — Two earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.0 and 5.3 points occurred on the North Kuril Islands overnight on Wednesday. The quakes were registered at a depth of 50 kilometres on the Pacific side of the Fourth Kuril Strait near the Paramushir Island.

The earth tremors have been taking place in the area every day starting from February 25. According to the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, more than 10 quakes, all with the magnitudes of over 5.0 points, occurred near Paramushir. According to the seismic station located on the island, the tremors were not felt in the town of North-Kurilsk with a population of about 2.5 thousand, there was no tsunami threat. The epicentres of all earthquakes were located about 150 kilometres south of the city.

An earthquake measuring 4.7 points was also registered on Wednesday in the area of the Commander Islands, 170 kilometres from the Nikolskoye settlement.

 

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