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Fears Of Tsunami Off Russian Coast Dissolve


http://gdb.rferl.org/C2D75A54-7DC4-4416-A450-F1013E8E6BAA_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/C2D75A54-7DC4-4416-A450-F1013E8E6BAA_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) November 15, 2006 -- Fears in Japan and Russia that an earthquake off the coast of Russia's Kurile Islands could trigger a tsunami have proved unfounded.


Residents of coastal regions in northern Japanese had been ordered to evacuate to higher ground after Japan's meteorological service measured an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 8.


In Russia, authorities on Sakhalin Island also issued a tsunami alert.


The warnings were later canceled and the evacuated residents were allowed to return home.


No reports of damage from the quake have yet been reported.


(AP, Interfax)

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