GORNO-ALTAISK, March 1 (Itar-Tass) — Reports about a possible second strong earthquake in Tuva are untrue, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s (EMERCOM) main department for the republic reported in Kyzyl on Thursday, for a second time over the past three days.
Having disproved rumours about a possible recurrent strong earthquake in the region, the EMERCOM main department for Tuva has again urged the local residents to keep calm and not to yield to panic. Rescuers have requested to report about the persons who spread such rumours calling the Tuva Republic’s Interior hotline at: 8 (39422) 9-35-97.
Twelve new aftershocks occurred in Tuva on Wednesday with the epicentre 50 kilometres northeast of the Saryg-Sep settlement in the Kaa-Khem district. The earth tremors’ intensity in the epicentre reached from 3.5 to 4.5 points on the MSK-64 scale. There have been no reports about casualties of major destruction.
A total of 49 seismic shocks have occurred in the republic since February 26 when Tuva was affected by another strong earthquake. The emergencies commission of the republic’s government introduced a state of emergency in the region.