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Russia: Siberian Earthquake Leaves Hundreds Homeless

Moscow, 1 October 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A powerful earthquake shook southern Siberia today following two earthquakes in the same area over the weekend, leaving some 1,800 people homeless. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the epicenter of the earthquake was in the Altai Republic, some 40 kilometers from the town of Kosh-Agach. The magnitude of the quake registered at 6.2 on the Richter scale.

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said the quake wrecked some 900 homes, leaving around 1,800 people homeless. He said more than 140 aftershocks have occurred since the first quake, adding that the situation is "developing further," with mudslides continuing to destroy roads.