Quake jolts southeast Russian region

July 5th, 2008 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 5 (Xinhua) A 6.9-magnitude earthquake Saturday jolted the Sea of Okhotsk region in southeast Russia, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. The tremor occurred at 6:13 a.m. Moscow time (0213 GMT), the Kamchatka office of the geophysics service of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

There was no immediate report of casualty or damage to property, the Kamchatka territorial emergencies department said, adding that there is no tsunami threat for Kamchatka peninsula.

According to seismologists, the epicentre was at a depth of about 600 km under the seabed, 400 km west of the Kamchatka territorial centre.

The quake was felt in the far eastern city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

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