Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Strikes East Siberia

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Russia’s East Siberia on Sunday, with tremor shocks felt by residents of the Irkutsk Region and the Republic of Khakassia.

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has said the tremor epicenter was located some 100 km (62 miles) from the city of Kyzyl in the Siberian Tyva region near the border with Mongolia.

The earthquake shocks were felt for four to five minutes from 15:19 to 15:24 p.m. local time (06:19 – 06:24 a.m. GMT). Residents of the upper stories of high-rise residential buildings said the tremor caused their things to fall from upper shelves. Windows and glass rattled and chandeliers swayed during the earthquake.

The earthquake shocks were felt at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant, Russia’s largest.

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