April 20, 2006

US reports 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Siberia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Geological Survey on
Thursday reported a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in Russian
Siberia, 3930 miles north/northeast of Moscow, at 12:25 p.m.
Friday local time (2325 GMT).

The temblor was 125 miles northeast of Il'pyrskiy, Russia
at a depth of roughly 7.8 miles, the survey said on its Web

Russia's Itar-Tass news agency, monitored by the BBC, said
there were no reports of damage or casualties, according to a
seismic research team in the Kamchatka region.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated that some 2,000 people
would have been exposed to "intensive shaking," A.B. Wade, a
spokeswoman said.

It was largest seismic event in the area since 1900, she