27 February 2012, 16:12

People evacuated from quake epicenter in Siberia

People evacuated from quake epicenter in Siberia

A powerful earthquake hit Tuva, a region in Siberia, on Sunday. The magnitude was 6 to 7 points, but no casualties have been reported. The quake was felt in some other Siberian regions as well. After the quake, 550 facilities in Tuva have been found potentially dangerous, including houses in the area where the quake was most powerful.

A powerful earthquake hit Tuva, a region in Siberia, on Sunday.

The magnitude was 6 to 7 points, but no casualties have been reported.

The quake was felt in some other Siberian regions as well.

After the quake, 550 facilities in Tuva have been found potentially dangerous, including houses in the area where the quake was most powerful.

This was announced by Russia’s Minister for Emergency Sergey Shoygu when he met with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Mr. Shoygu also said that people were being evacuated from the most dangerous houses and placed in shelters.

The personnel of Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant in Tuva stopped the power-producing aggregate immediately after the first shocks were felt. 40 minutes after, the aggregate was launched again.

Underground shocks are still continuing in Tuva.

(IF)

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