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Kotosanov said by telephone there were reports of damage in some villages of the Pacific region and emergency officials were flying by helicopter to several locations. Federal emergency officials in Moscow said they had no information about the quake.
Russian news agencies said in the coastal village Tilichiki structures and buildings, including a school, a hospital and a local airport, had been partially or wholly destroyed, along with municipal electric and heating systems. The agencies said some injuries had been reported.
"It's the largest event in this area since 1900," said A.B. Wade, a spokeswoman for the USGS.
Originally posted by asala
EARTHQUAKE on 20/04/2006 at 23:25 (UTC)
EASTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA 68 km NE Vetvey
MAGNITUDE: Mw 7.7
Of this number, seven have been hospitalized," the official said, adding that no fatalities had been reported so far, but emergency services would provide final figures after communications with four remote villages is restored.