ABAKAN, December 22, 4:04 /ITAR-TASS/. The authorities in Khakassia, a republic in South Siberia, have decided to take urgent measures to clean up the aftermath of an earthquake that had rocked the Siberian republic overnight to Sunday. The decisions were taken at an extraordinary meeting of the republican committee for prevention of emergency situations and fire safety.
The regional branch of the Interior Ministry was instructed to take additional measures to ensure the public order, the regional branch of the Ministry of Regional Development was ordered to check the heating and gas supply systems in residential houses, the regional division of the Transport Ministry should examine the condition of the bridges across the rivers Yenisei and Abakan and the road surface of federal and republican motor roads, the press service of the regional division of the Ministry of Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
The heads of the city districts and municipal districts in Khakassia were recommended to open the hotlines to receive the information about any damages in the residential houses.
The republican authorities also decided to form required reserves of financial and material resources in case of aftershocks.
As many as 79 emergency groups consisting of 240 people and 92 units of machinery are working in Altai district of the republic where the epicentre of the earthquake was located.
The specialists will have to examine 221 settlements, where a total of 467,532 people live. As many as 147 boiler houses, three thermal power stations, 543 socially important facilities, including 83 round-the-clock facilities, 110 medical institutions and 62 potentially hazardous facilities are situated in these settlements.
Twelve railway bridges and 121 motor bridges are situated in Khakassia.
The earthquake measured 4.6 points on the open-ended Richter scale has occurred overnight to Sunday (at 21:51 Moscow time on Saturday) in Altai district of Khakassia 50 kilometres south of the regional centre of Abakan. According to preliminary reports, neither casualties nor damaged buildings were reported.