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Saturday’s quake in southern Siberia causes petty damage to buildings

December 22, 2013, 18:29 UTC+3 ABAKAN
Large-scale checkups are being carried out at the republic’s industrial and social facilities and on individual households aiming to find possible destructions caused by the earthquake
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ABAKAN, December 22, 17:08 /ITAR-TASS/. During Sunday’s inspections, experts identified some insignificant damage to time-worn buildings dating back to 1930s-1950s after an overnight earthquake that hit Khakassia, a constituent republic of the Russian Federation located in South Siberia.

Large-scale checkups are being carried out at the republic’s industrial and social facilities and on individual households aiming to find possible destructions caused by the earthquake.

Khakassia will get all the documentation, acts and photo materials in the nearest days that prove the seismic event's impact on the facilities.

“The data is to be thoroughly analysed,” Sergei Novikov, Khakassia’s minister for regional development, said. “The possibility of conducting additional inspections is not excluded as the republican authorities should take all the precautionary measures.”

“Checkups measuring possible gas leaks with the aid of gas detectors are under way. The engineers are inspecting gas facilities but no gas leaks or other gas-related threats have been exposed,” he said. “The work will be carried on until every facility is checked.”

At the time of reporting the situation at the municipal facilities is stable - centralized heating reaches every home on the scheduled temperature mode, and no failures have been registered so far.

A hydropower plant is operating as scheduled without any technological failures in the equipment the HPP press service said.

An earthquake measuring 4.6 points on the open-ended Richter scale occurred in Khakassia, a republic in South Siberia overnight to Sunday.

The earthquake was about 6 points strong on the MSK-64 scale and centred 50 kilometres south of the republic’s capital Abakan, the regional centre of the Emergencies Ministry told Itar-Tass.

No aftershocks are registered so far.

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