Earthquake Damages Dozens of Buildings in Siberia

December 30, 2011

An earthquake has damaged dozens of buildings in a city in southwestern Siberia, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.

The epicenter of the 6.7 magnitude quake was about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Kyzyl, capital of the Russian republic of Tuva, which borders Mongolia.

The municipal services in Kyzyl said Wednesday that 31 multistory apartment buildings, a school and a plant that provides hot water and heat suffered cracks and other damage. The plant was still operating.

The Emergencies Ministry said 3,500 people were provided temporary shelter.

After the quake struck Tuesday evening, mines in the coal-mining region of Kemerovo were evacuated as a precaution, but work resumed Wednesday afternoon.

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