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Earthquake measuring 4,8 strikes Yakutia, yet another this month

February 23, 2013, 10:48 UTC+3

Nobody was hurt, and there was no destruction

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VLADIVOSTOK, February 23 (Itar-Tass) - A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck Yakutia on Saturday. The epicentre was located about 50 km away from the village of Syagannakh, the Aby district, at a depth of 15 km, the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported.

Nobody was hurt, and there was no destruction.

According to the Yakutsk seismological station, the area of Syagannakh is shaken every day from February 15. That night, a 6.8-magnitude quake struck the area. Earth tremours were felt by residents not only in Syagannakh, but also in the village of Belaya Gora, 150 km away from the epicentre. Since then, aftershocks are recorded in the district every day. The most powerful of them measuring 5.0 struck the area on February 22. Four tremours have been recorded this Saturday. The most powerful measured 4.8.

A Russian-American expedition of seismologists is planned to set out for the district. The group will fly out from Yakutsk on February 28 to work near the village of Syagannakh and examine the epicentre area for about 20 days. In the expedition group are two specialists of Yakutia and one from the university of Michigan.


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