An earthquake at Sakhalin in Eastern Russia has left 2,000 people homeless. At least 11 blocks of flats containing more than 400 homes were completely destroyed, and around 700 apartments were left too dangerous to live in without major repairs. A series of three tremors killed two people and injured 10 more on the island. The city of Nevelsk took the worst of the damage.
One of the tremors measured 6.4 on the Richter scale. Emergency flights carrying temporary shelters, food and blankets have been sent by Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry. The region’s governor says railway carriages are being requisitioned to provide further shelter for around 300 people from the island’s main town. Sakhalin is home to major oil and gas production facilities which officials say were unaffected by the quake.
Thousands homeless after East Russian quake