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    An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred on Sunday near the Kuril Islands, the US Geological Survey reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The earthquake occurred at 20:25 GMT on Sunday at a depth of 29,7  kilometers (about 18 miles) with the epicenter located in 117 kilometers to the east of the Shikotan island.

    There appeared to be no tsunami threat following the earthquake and there were no immediate reports of any damages or casualties. The Geological Survey appointed the green level of the earthquake consequences, indicating low probability of casualties and economic damage.

    The so-called Kuril-Kamchatka Arc, which extends some 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

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