Earthquake Hits Russia’s Far East, Tremors Felt in Moscow

MOSCOW, May 24 (RIA Novosti) – An earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale struck Russia’s Far East on Friday, with slight tremors felt thousands of miles away in Moscow.

There were no reported injuries or damage.

The earthquake occurred in the Sea of Okhotsk off the Kamchatka Peninsula, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

Emergency agencies in the Far East issued a tsunami warning for Sakhalin and the Kuril islands, but lifted it soon afterwards.

The epicenter of the quake was located 385 km (244 miles) west northwest of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy at a depth of 608 km (385 miles), the USGS said.

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said 850 people had been evacuated from two buildings in central Moscow, over 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from the epicenter of the quake, but there was no danger to life or property.


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