Monday, May 27, 2013

Powerful Earthquake Strikes Russia


An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 8.3 struck today off the coast of Russia's Far East, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The powerful temblor shook the country all the way to Moscow and triggered a tsunami warning, but caused no casualties or major damage, AFP reported.

The quake's epicenter was in the Sea of Okhotsk, off the Kamchatka Peninsula, and was 202 miles away (325 km) west-northwest of the city Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It struck at 5:49 p.m. local time (7:49 UTC) and originated 307 miles (494 km) deep, the USGS reports.

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