6.3 Earthquake magnitude hits Russia's Kamchatka

MOSCOW, 5th November, 20155 (WAM) -- A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Geophysical Service, has said.

"The earthquake was registered at 13:59 local time (4:59 Moscow time). Its epicenter was located at a depth of 34 kilometers some four kilometers away from the settlement of Ust-Kamchatsk," the spokesman said, adding earth that tremors of a magnitude of up to four points on the Richter scale were felt.

Reports carried by the TASS Russian news agency said that according to the local emergency services, the quake had caused no damage or loss of life, and no tsunami warning was issued.

A spokeswoman for the Kamchatka department of the Russian emergencies ministry said after examining buildings in the settlement of Ust-Kamchatsk, "A team of rescuers examined building and structures in Ust-Kamchatsk. No damage was revealed. No casualties were reported."


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