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6.0 quake off Russia's far-east Kamchatka coastline

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported, striking at a depth of 33 kilometres (20 miles). The quake hit at 0155 GMT, 136 kilometres east-southeast of the Russian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the USGS reported. It said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage. The Kamchatka peninsula is where the Pacific tectonic plate meets part of the North American, making the region one of the most seismically active in the world. bur-jj/mtp

Russian Army Office to be buried in snow over debt

How to you punish an organization that contracted snow cleaners and did not pay them? Why, bring the snow back, of course.This, at least, is the kind of retribution that a utilities company plans to visit on a regional army staff office in the far eastern city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, a company spokesman said on Saturday.The military owes more than 1 million rubles (US$ 31,000) for last year’s cleanup works, the spokesman said.
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