• No casualties from 7.0-magnitude quake in east Russia

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    MOSCOW: A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in Russia’s Far East on Saturday morning, US and Russian authorities said, although there were no reports of any casualties. The US Geological Survey said the quake has a depth of 160 kilometers. The local branch of Russia’s emergency situations ministry said the origin of the quake was located northwest of the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the epicenter was located in the region of Yelizovo. The “Inhabitants of populated areas felt the tremor at magnitude of 5.0” adding “preliminary information indicates the earthquake caused no damage or casualties.” The Russian Academy of Sciences said on its website the first tremor was followed minutes later by a 5.2-magnitude aftershock.

    AFP

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