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Earthquake of the east coast of Kamchatka
Released: 3/8/1999

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A strong earthquake, preliminary magnitude 6.7 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred off the coast of Russia at 7:26 am Eastern Standard Time (12:26 am local time) on March 8. The epicenter was about 70 miles SSE of Petrotavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

The last earthquake in the area was magnitude 7.0 and occurred on June 21, 1996.

(Note to editors: As more information is received and the data are further analyzed, we may issue updates or clarifications on this event.)

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