Residents of Crimea’s southern coast reported a “small earthquake” on Monday, Oleg Kryucikov, an adviser to the region’s Russian-appointed governor, announced, news that quickly sparked concern in Russia.
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“Residents of the southern coast of Crimea are reporting an earthquake. We are waiting for official information from seismologists. No damage or casualties,” he wrote on his Telegram channel.
Krusikov added that he received information about an earthquake measuring up to 3 degrees on the Richter scale from the duty officer of the seismological station in Alushta.
According to him, the earthquake occurred in the Black Sea at 16:25, the earthquake was located at a depth of 15 kilometers and 25 km from the coast of Crimea.
“On the territory of the Republic of Crimea, they are hardly perceptible,” he assured.
However, the article about the earthquake quickly became the most read story of the day on TASS, the most popular Russian state news agency.
The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center later reported an earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale.
Peter Sebalin, director of the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the earthquakes in Turkey in recent weeks and the aftermath of the two that have devastated the country are not related. and in northern Syria on February 6.
A Russian scientist said more strong earthquakes are possible in Crimea, but not as strong as Turkey.
“This independent earthquake has nothing to do with the tragedy in Turkey. It is not usual to have such earthquakes there from time to time. In principle, strong earthquakes are possible in Crimea, the well-known earthquake occurred in Yalta in 1927. It was very strong, but it is almost a hundred years old, so it is rarely strong. Maybe earthquakes, but they happen,” he explained.
“There [în Turcia]After all, it had a magnitude of almost 8. In Crimea, an earthquake of such magnitude is hardly possible,” Şebalin said.
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