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Sakhalin earthquake. Workers use cranes to rescue survivors from collapsed buildings after the Sakhalin earthquake. Earthquakes are tremors caused when sections of the earth move against each other to relieve stress. An earthquake with a strength of about 7.5 on the Richter scale struck the island of Sakhalin, off the eastern coast of Russia, on the night of 27-28 May 1995. Although the epicentre was about 135 kilometres off Sakhalin's northern coast, it caused extensive damage. The town of Nevtegorsk (seen here) was hit worst, with only 875 inhabitants surviving from a population of 3,200. The rescuers here work for the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations.
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