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    Four earthquakes hit Russia's Kuril Islands within 2 hours

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    Four earthquakes were registered nearby the Kuril Islands in Russia's Far East, a spokesman of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Sakhalin region said on Saturday.

    Four earthquakes were registered nearby the Kuril Islands in Russia's Far East, a spokesman of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Sakhalin region said on Saturday.

    "The first earthquake of 7.1 magnitude was registered at 6:35 Sakhalin time (12:35 GMT) 460 km south-east of the city of Yuzhno-Kurilsk. Three earthquakes of 5.8, 6 and 5.9 magnitude were reported at 7:10, 8:09 and 8:38 (Sakhalin time), respectively," the spokesman told RIA Novosti.

    Epicenters were located in the Pacific Ocean and the earthquakes were not felt in the region.

    There is no tsunami threat, said the spokesman.

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