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State of Emergency Declared on Sakhalin Island

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia - Two earthquakes hit the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s far east on Thursday killing at least two people and triggering small tsunami waves on Japan’s coast, officials said.
Russian authorities declared a state of emergency in the western part of the island as aftershocks continued to shake the region, causing extensive damage to buildings, Russia’s emergency situations ministry said.
The worst-hit population centre in Sakhalin was Nevelsk, a town of 50,000 people in the western part of the island. Thousands of residents were evacuated and officials said 400 tents were to be sent to the town on Thursday.
“Residential homes and factories have been damaged, the power supply has been cut. The city’s cultural centre was partly destroyed. Dead and injured have been found in the ruins,” Vladimir Pak, the town’s mayor, told AFP.

VANUATU - A powerful earthquake rattled Vanuatu in the South Pacific early Thursday, causing cracks in roads, buildings, a bridge and a wharf and prompting brief evacuations due to tsunami fears. The 7.2 quake struck at 4:08 a.m. and was centered 30 miles southeast of the town of Luganville. The quake did not trigger a tsunami but people living alongside a river were evacuated because officials feared one. The temblor caused cracks as long as 20 feet and six-inches wide in the main street of Luganville. Some buildings and a bridge over a river also sustained cracks. The quake also knocked out power in some parts of Luganville. "It was a severe shake, but short and sharp." Vanuatu has had a lot of rain recently and the earthquake could trigger many landslips. It was the first global earthquake with a magnitude of at least 7 in 122 days.
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