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A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 has shaken southwestern Siberia in Russia.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the tremor was located 100 kilometers east of Kyzyl, the capital city of Russia’s Tyva Republic.

The regional emergencies ministry was quoted as saying the quake was felt throughout the Tyva and neighboring regions but caused no casualties or resulted in any serious structural damage.

Nonetheless, several locals reported their apartment windows breaking. The remote and scarcely populated republic on the Mongolian border is one of Russia's most seismically active regions.

Based on AFP and AP reports