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MOSCOW, Aug 27 (Reuters) - An intense earthquake measuring nine on the Richter scale hit the Lake Baikal area of eastern Siberia on Wednesday, triggering reports of panic, but there were no casualties or major damage, officials said.
but there were no casualties or major damage, officials said.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
I can't help but notice the coincidence that as our tensions rise with Russia, they just happen to suffer a huge quake. A HAARP shot across the bow?
Just crazy nonsense, but I will admit that my mind went there.
The spokesman said that on the Richter scale, the tremor measured an intensity of nine, although both the Hong Kong Observatory and the United States Geological Survey recorded it as measuring 6.3.
The Emergencies Ministry spokesman said that close to the shore of Lake Baikal, where a major pulp and paper plant is located, the tremor measured eight on the Richter scale.
According to preliminary data of the Baikal branch of the Geophysical Service of the Siberian department of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN), the earth tremor in the epicentre was measuring eight points on the 12-point scale and in Irkutsk - up to six points.