Russia: 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Mongolian border
The earthquake, which struck at 5.33am on Tuesday morning local time, was centered in Lake Khövsgöl in northern Mongolia, about 34 miles from the border with Russia and 179 miles southwest of the city of Irkutsk.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, making it one of the strongest earthquake to ever hit the region around the lake.
Its epicentre was measured at a shallow depth of just six miles.
The area is not heavily populated but is home to a number of villages near the lake, including Hatgal and Turt, which have a combined population of up to 5,000 people.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties although experts said the tremors would have rocked the villages.
Earthquakes periodically occur in the regions of Mongolia bordering with the Russian regions of Tuva, the Altai Republic, the western part of Buryatia and China’s Xinjiang region 96 miles).
According to GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the earthquake was at a depth of 10 kilometres.
Russia’s state-owned news agency Sputnik said the earthquake’s epicentre was registered 277 kilometres southwest of the city of Angarsk, in Russia’s Irkutsk region.
It added the epicentre also measured 30 kilometres from the Mongolian city of Turt.
The temblor was located underneath a lake, Lake Khövsgöl, on the Russia-Mongolia border.
The earthquake struck at 5.33 am local time on Tuesday.
In April 1950, a strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck north of Lake Khövsgöl and caused damage to nearby villages.
In December 1991, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit west of the same lake.
At the end of last year, strong aftershocks from an earthquake hit Croatia killing seven people.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit central Croatia on Tuesday 29 December.
The following day, 4.8 and 4.7 tremors stuck causing damage to buildings.
At least seven people were reported to have died due to the earthquake.
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Additional reporting by Simon Osborne