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Seven quake hits Russia’s Yakutia

February 15, 2013, 2:43 UTC+3
The strongest quake measuring 6.8 points on the Richter scale was registered 13 minutes after midnight
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VLADIVOSTOK, February 15 (Itar-Tass) – Seven earthquakes have been registered in Yakutia’s Abyi district, Russia’s Siberia, in the early hours of Friday. The strongest quake measuring 6.8 points on the Richter scale was registered 13 minutes after midnight.

Soon after this earth tremors decreased and their magnitude ranged between 4.9 and 5.1. Epicenters of all quakes were located 54 kilometers of the village of Syagannakh. The focus of the quake was registered at the depth of 10 kilometers.

No damages and victims were reported, all vital infrastructure facilities operate normally, the press service of Yakutia’s emergencies ministry said.

The first jolt was estimated at 9.5-10 points, the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

Earth termors were felt in the settlement of Belaya Gora, the administrative centre of the district, 150 kilometers from the epicenter.

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