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A strong earthquake occurred near the South Kuril Islands

A strong earthquake occurred near the South Kuril Islands
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A magnitude 5,2 earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean near the South Kuril Islands. Residents of the nearest settlements felt tremors, glass rattled in their houses and chandeliers swayed.

As the Interfax, with reference to the Sakhalin branch of the Unified Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the earthquake began at 04:36 Moscow time. Its epicenter was 50 km from Yuzhno-Kurilsk at a depth of 80 kilometers.

In the city, seismic events were felt with magnitude four points, in the village of Malokulskoye on the island of Shkiotan, up to 3-4 points. According to the rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations there are no victims and destructions, the tsunami threat was not declared.