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09 Jan 2020 | 09:30 AM UTC

Russia: 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Chukotka January 9

6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Chukotka (Far Eastern federal district) on January 9; no initial reports of damages



The US Geological Survey recorded a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Chukotka (Far Eastern federal district) at approximately 20:38 (local time) on Thursday, January 9. According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.