Strong earthquake shakes eastern Russia
An earthquake of about magnitude 7 shook a remote area of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula tonight.Updated: Apr 30, 2006 04:29 IST
An earthquake of about magnitude 7 shook a remote area of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula on Saturday night, a week after another strong quake had forced the evacuations of hundreds of people, officials said.
The earthquake hit about at about 4 am on Sunday local time and its epicentre was near the village of Tilichki, said Natalia Korgun, a duty officer at the Russian seismological service station in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.
Tilichki was one of the villages hardest hit by an April 21 quake that measured 7.7. Hundreds of people were evacuated to the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky after that quake and it was not immediately clear how many people had remained in Tilichki.
The Kamchatka peninsula extends down from mainland Russia toward Japan, some 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles) east of Moscow.