Powerful magnitude 6.8 Earthquake shakes Russia-Mongolia Border

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According to EMSC, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook Russia’s Mongolia Border on Tuesday morning (NZT) — (at 9:32 pm UTC on 11 January 2021).

The earthquake was 10km deep and struck about 55 kilometres (34 miles) from the border with Russia, or 288 km (179 mi) southwest of Irkutsk.

The epicenter was reported to be in the middle of a Lake named Khövsgöl in northern Mongolia.

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Over a thousand people reported feeling the earthquake, and it was felt up to 1,000 km.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8. This means the shake was one of the strongest ever to hit the region around the lake.

It is reported that there is not a lot of population in the area but is home to villages near the lake. 

Two villages Hatgal and Turt are near the lake, with a population of around 5,000 people.

The last substantial magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck just north of Lake Khövsgöl in April of 1950 which caused damaged in nearby villages. During December 1991, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck west of the lake.

One person living in Krasnojarsk, 731,031 Km from the epicenter, recorded video of lights swaying forward and backwards.

“I woke up from the rocking of the mattress. The chandelier and toys were loose on the tree. Krasnoyarsk, Soviet district, 7th floor”

Another video shows lights also swaying 425,000 Km from the epicenter.

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