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Huge earthquake strikes Russia's far east

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 01:00

May 24 - An earthquake shakes Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, unsettling residents. Tom Dinham reports.

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A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Russia's eastern coast on Friday, shaking the Kamchatka peninsular. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KAMCHATKA REGION EMERGENCY MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, YULIA ANANIEVA, SAYING: "The underground quake took place near the western coast of the Kamchatka peninsula around 6pm. It was about 560 kilometres away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The citizens of the capital of the region felt the magnitude of a 4.5 - 5 earthquake." The quake, which was felt as far away as northern Japan, briefly caused Russian authorities to issue a tsunami warning, although this was later rescinded. Friday's tremor is the latest in a series to strike the peninsula in the last few days, prompting some residents to leave the regional capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY RESIDENT, NIKOLAI MARSHALKIN, SAYING: "We are gathering our things, we think it's better to spend this time outside the city in a country house, rather then staying here and waiting." No casualties or substantial damage were reported as a result of the earthquake.

Huge earthquake strikes Russia's far east

Friday, May 24, 2013 - 01:00

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