Strong earthquake rocks Russia’s Lake Baikal

August 27th, 2008 - 3:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Aug 27 (Xinhua) An earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale hit the southern areas of Russia’s Lake Baikal Wednesday morning, Russian news agencies reported. There was no immediate report of casualties.

The earthquake occurred at 10.35 a.m. (0135 GMT) in Irkutsk, according to the Irkutsk seismic station.

Immediately after the tremors, electricity, mobile connections and the Internet links were disrupted, said a spokesman for the emergency situations ministry said.

Rescue services have been put on alert and a crisis centre has been set up, the official said, adding that there was no threat of tsunami.

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