Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Powerful quake hits near China-Russia border

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clipped from uk.news.yahoo.com

An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 hit near the China-Russia border on Thursday, but its epicentre was extremely deep and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Skip related content

The quake, which occurred at 1.13 a.m. British time, was centred midway between the Russian city of Vladivostok and Chongjin, North Korea's third largest city. It struck at a depth of 563 km (350 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre put the coordinates at 42.7 north and 130.9 east. It said there was no danger of a tsunami.

Early estimates put the magnitude at 6.9. The USGS later put the figure at 6.7, a powerful quake but one with effects on the surface likely to be minimised by the extreme depth.

"As far as we know, there have been no reports of damage," an official at China's national seismological bureau told Reuters.

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