Associated France Press (AFP) 21/2/4/2006
Massive earthquake rocks Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AFP) - A massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Russia’s northeastern Kamchatka peninsula on the Bering Sea, the local emergency situations ministry officials said.
The quake partly destroyed a local school and a kindergarten, damaged houses and an airport, and in some places disrupted heating and electricity supplies in the village of Tilichiki and three other villages.
According to the officials, the tremor, which struck Friday at 12:25 pm (2325 GMT Thursday) was registered 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Tilichiki, with the epicenter some 40 kilometers beneath the surface.
"So far no casualties were reported, but dozens of people got minor injuries," officials said, adding that rescuers were on their way to restore heat and electricity in the damaged villages.
Earlier the US Geological Survey measured the quake at 7.7 on the Richter scale, locating the epicenter 205 kilometers northeast of the coastal city of Il’pyrskiy.