6.0 quake off Russia’s far-east Kamchatka coastline: USGS

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MOSCOW, May 21, 2013 (AFP) – A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula early Tuesday, followed by a series of strong after-shocks, the US Geological Survey reported.

The first quake struck at a depth of 33 kilometres (20 miles) at 0155 GMT, 136 kilometres east-southeast of the Russian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the USGS reported.

It was followed by three after-shocks, the strongest of which measured 5.9 magnitude at a depth of 44 kilometres, it added.

It said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.


The Kamchatka peninsula is where the Pacific tectonic plate meets part of the North American one, making the region one of the most seismically active in the world.

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