Earthquake in Russia: HUGE 6.7-magnitude earthquake shakes Russia-Mongolian border | World | New


The earthquake, which struck at 5:33 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning, was centered on Lake Khövsgöl in northern Mongolia, about 55 km from the border with Russia and 179 km to the southwest. of the city of Irkutsk.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, making it one of the strongest earthquakes to ever hit in the region around the lake.
Its epicenter was measured at a shallow depth of just six miles.

The area is sparsely populated but is home to a number of villages near the lake, including Hatgal and Turt, which have a combined population of 5,000.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties although experts said the tremors shook villages.

Earthquakes periodically occur in the regions of Mongolia bordering the Russian regions of Tuva, the Republic of Altai, the western part of Buryatia and the Chinese region of Xinjiang (96 miles).

According to the German research center GFZ for geosciences, the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Russian state news agency Sputnik said the epicenter of the quake was recorded 277 kilometers southwest of the city of Angarsk in Russia’s Irkutsk region.

He added that the epicenter also measured 30 kilometers from the Mongolian city of Turt.

READ MORE: EU map puts Brussels on alert as earthquake shakes Croatia

At the end of last year, strong aftershocks hit Croatia, killing seven people.

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Croatia on Tuesday, December 29.

The next day, 4.8 and 4.7 tremors occurred, causing damage to buildings.

At least seven people are believed to have died from the earthquake.

Darinko Dumbovic, the mayor of Petrinja in Croatia, said Wednesday, December 30 on public television: “This morning we were hit by the third, if not the fourth earthquake.

“Anything that has not yet fallen falls. ”

Due to fear of aftershocks at the time, many residents slept in their cars or stayed with relatives in other areas.

About 200 people are said to have taken refuge in a military barracks.

Large parts of Petrinja and another nearby town of Sisak were without electricity due to the earthquake.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake in Croatia was the largest to occur in the country since the introduction of modern seismic instrumentation.

Earlier last year, a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Zagreb in Croatia, causing extensive damage to buildings.

The earthquake struck during the country’s first coronavirus lockdown.

Additional reporting by Simon Osborne


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