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Earthquake Measuring 5.9 Hits Russia's Far East

A powerful earthquake has occurred in the Amur Region.

The Russian Academy of Science's geophysical service said the quake on October 14 had a magnitude of 5.9 and its epicenter was located some 130 kilometers to the northwest of the city of Tynda.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.1.

The temblor was felt in the Transbaikal region's capital of Chita.

There were no immediate reports of victims or damages.

Russia's Transneft company said it temporarily halted oil deliveries to China following the quake.

The AFP news agency quoted a Transneft spokesman as saying there was no visible damage to the terminal and station at Skovorodino, which is used by Transneft to export oil to China via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO).

Transneft began exporting oil via the Skovorodino terminal in January 2011 together with oil company Rosneft. The pipeline can pump 15 million tonnes of oil per year, or 41 thousand tonnes per day.

compiled from agency reports