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MOSCOW - A major earthquake hit a distant, sparsely populated region of Russia's Far East early Friday, causing unknown damage and possible casualties, an emergency official said. The U.S. Geological Survey and Japan's Meteorological Agency estimated the quake's magnitude at 7.7.

The quake hit around 12:45 p.m. local time in Koryak region, nearly 4,350 miles east of Moscow and some 600 miles north of the largest city in the area, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, said Oleg Kotosanov, a duty officer with the regional emergency situations ministry.

Kotosanov told The Associated Press by telephone that there were reports of damage in some villages of the Pacific region, and that emergency officials were flying by helicopter to several locations. Federal emergency officials in Moscow said they had no information about the quake.

"It's the largest event in this area since 1900," said A.B. Wade, a spokeswoman for the USGS. "It's a sparsely populated area; up to 2,000 people were exposed to intensive shaking."

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7.7 quake hits sparsely populated area in Russia
By YCON: posted on 21-4-2006

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