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Earthquake hits Russia's Far East

MOSCOW (AP) - A powerful earthquake in Russia's Far East sent out tremors that were felt for thousands of miles.

The shaking was even felt in Moscow, 4,400 miles from the epicenter, prompting some people to evacuate from buildings across the city. Tremors are extremely rare in Moscow, the last recorded instance was in the 1977.

Officials say the epicenter was east of the Russian coast and north of Japan and registered a magnitude of 8.0. It was in one of the most seismically active regions in the world. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude of 8.2.

Emergency agencies in the Far East issued a tsunami warning for Sakhalin and the Kuril islands, but lifted it soon afterwards.

Officials say the earthquake originated 375 miles under the sea bed and with the tremors so far down, they have the potential to spread quite far.


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