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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Earthquake Kills 2 on Sakhalin

A strong earthquake near Sakhalin island Thursday killed two people in a Russian fishing town and injured up to 10 others, generating small tsunami waves that struck northern Japan.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, struck at 11:38 a.m. on the southern tip of Sakhalin, just north of Japan, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency. It was followed by a second quake of magnitude 5.9 at 2:22 p.m.

A Reuters reporter on Sakhalin said he felt three tremors over a two-hour period. The third, at about 4:00 p.m., was the most intense, the reporter said from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the main city on Sakhalin island.

Local office workers ran on to the street fearing the third tremor was a major quake they had been anticipating.

"Just about everybody in the building dashed to the street," said Anastasia Lekhnova, an employee of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk security firm Troop Service. "We've been hearing so much about earthquakes in the news recently, and after knowing about the two quakes today, we thought that this was 'the one.'"

One woman died when the roof of a Palace of Culture collapsed in the small port town of Nevelsk, emergency agency spokesman Viktor Beltsov said. A man there died of a heart attack.

He confirmed that two were injured.

Local Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Sergei Viktorov said cracks appeared in buildings and that furniture fell over inside apartments.

"But there is no damage to other towns, only to Nevelsk," Viktorov said, adding that energy supplies had been disrupted. (AP, Reuters, Bloomberg)