Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits Lake Baikal, Russia

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A shallow earthquake registered by the Geophysical Survey (RAS) as M5.8 hit Lake Baikal, Russia at 00:54 UTC (08:54 LT) on October 14, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 14.5 km (9 miles). The USGS is reporting M4.9 at a depth of 10 km; GEOFON M5.2 at a depth of 10 km.

The epicenter was located 37 km (23 miles) W of Istok (population 3 072) and 100 km (62 miles) ESE of Irkutsk (population 586 695).

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Image credit: Baykal Regional Seismological Center, GS RAS, Irkutsk

The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency situations for the region said earlier today they are still collecting information about possible injuries and damage.1

Communal services, energy, and social facilities continued operating normally.

In the city of Usolye-Sibirskoye, students and teachers of the school were evacuated, Izvestia TV channel reported.

VG News said the quake is one of the most powerful earthquakes in the modern history of Russia.

References:

1 Мощное землетрясение в Иркутской области и Бурятии – VG News – October 14, 2022

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