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Earthquake hits Russia’s Kurile Islands

July 07, 2012, 17:49 UTC+3
Two aftershocks with a magnitude of 5 and 3.7 respectively were registered in the Kurile Islands during the day
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Photo ITAR-TASS

VLADIVOSTOK, July 7 (Itar-Tass) —— An earthquake registering 5.5 on the open-ended Richter scale occurred in the area of the Kuril Islands on Saturday, July 7.

It was centred in the Pacific off the unpopulated Island of Urup at a depth of 40 kilometres under the seabed.

Two aftershocks with a magnitude of 5 and 3.7 respectively were registered in the Kurile Islands during the day.

No tremors were registered in the city of Kurilsk and there was no threat of tsunami, the seismic station on the neighbouring Island of Iturup said.

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