10:13 GMT18 January 2021
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    YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK  (Sputnik) - A 5.3-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday struck near Russia's Far Eastern Kuril Islands, the department of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Sakhalin Region stated.

    "A 5.3-magnitude earthquake was registered on Tuesday, at 1:46 p.m. local time [02:46 GMT]. Its epicentre was located … 167 kilometres [103 miles] to the east of the island of Iturup. The seismic centre was located at a depth of 68 kilometres [42 miles]", Elena Semenova, the head of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seismic station, said.

    ​According to Semenova, residents of the town of Kurilsk located on Iturup felt the tremors.

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