A 4.9-strong earthquake took place near the North Kuril range. RIA Novosti was told in the Kamchatka experimental-methodological seismic party that the earth tremor occurred at 01.04, local time, 150 km north-east of the Paramushir island, the North Kuril range in the Pacific.
The nearest settlement is the town of Severo-Kurilsk on the Paramushir island. There is no information on the victims and destruction
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