News in Brief

Earthquake Hits Far East

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off Russia's Far East coast on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning that was soon lifted, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The earthquake struck at a depth of just more than 300 kilometers beneath the Sea of Okhotsk at 9:05 p.m. Monday between the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Pacific Coast island of Sakhalin. The quake did not cause damage, and no one was hurt, the ministry said. (Reuters)

Weather Wreaks Havoc

Snow and strong winds left 250,000 residents in 2,000 Russian towns and villages without electricity, Interfax reported Monday. In Moscow, 185 trees, 220 billboards and 179 traffic lights were felled by wind, damaging 17 cars, it said.

Seven people were injured Sunday in the capital, including a 26-year-old woman hit by a falling tree, state television Vesti-24 reported. In St. Petersburg, a driver was killed after a tree fell on his car. (Bloomberg, MT)