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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Earthquake Scares Grozny

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake hit Grozny late Wednesday, causing no damage and no casualties but prompting many local residents to flee their homes in fear of aftershocks, the Chechen Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Witnesses described shaking floors and swinging ceiling lamps after the earthquake struck at 9:30 p.m., Interfax reported. The epicenter was directly under Grozny, 33 kilometers beneath the surface.