Earthquake strikes Kuril Islands area in Russia

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A 6.0 earthquake struck the Kuril Islands region in Russia today at 07:45 UTC. It was followed by a second quake at 4.5 magnitude.

The epicenter of the quake was located 138.6 km (86.1 miles) north of Severo-Kuril’sk with a population of 2,422.

Most of the population lives in structures that can withstand earthquake shaking. Some do liver in adobe block and brick/mud dwellings that would be more prone to damage.

However, structure losses and fatalities are not being anticipated, according to the USGS.