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The 5.9 magnitude earthquake off the Kamtchatka peninsula overnight to Friday did not cause any damage
The 5.9 magnitude earthquake off the Kamtchatka peninsula overnight to Friday did not cause any damage, the main department of the Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday. The quake was registered at 00:11, local time /15:11, Moscow time, on August 17/. The epicenter was located in Kamchatka Bay at a depth of 80 kilometers under seabed, 400 kilometers northeast of the Kamchataka regional center, where magnitude 2 tremors were registered. In the town of Klyuchi, some 100 kilometers from the epicenter, the earthquake measured point 3 to point 4 on the Richter scale. The distinct center of Ust-Kamchatsk was closest to the epicenter /some 40 kilometers/. Tremors there measured up to point 4. Deputy head of the Ust-Kamchatka district administration Yuri Kovtun told Itar-Tass by telephone that no damage had been caused. "The life-support systems in settlements work normally; there's no damage to buildings," Kovtun said. Head of the Kamchatka branch of the geophysical service under the Russian Academy of Sciences Viktor Chebrov noted that a majority of scientists are not inclined to see a connection between the earthquake off Kamchatka and the earthquake overnight to Friday near Sakhalin, which damaged buildings and water supply systems in two villages. Earth tremors on Kamchatka were not strong and were certainly not precursors of a stronger earthquake, the scientist said. Chebrov said that exactly 23 years ago, on August 17, 1983, magnitude 7 earthquake occurred at approximately the same time, in the same district and at the same depth in Kamchatka Bay. At that time, scientists were able to predict it several months before it happened. The tremor did not cause serious damage then.
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