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    PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, March 3, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Oksana Guseva) - An earthquake measuring 4.9 points on the Richter scale was registered near the shores of Kamchatka (Russia's Far East), RIA Novosti was told in the Kamchatka seismology centre.

    The epicentre of the earthquake, which took place at 3:20 a. m. Moscow time was in the Pacific Ocean, some 90 kilometres east of the Cape Krestovy at the depth of 41 kilometres below the ocean's bottom.

    Only slight tremors could be felt in Petropavlovsk (the centre of the Kamchatka Region), which is 140 kilometres away from the epicentre.

    No victims or damage have been reported.

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