Earthquake strikes Black Sea near Winter Olympic city

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12:11 AM December 24th, 2012

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December 24th, 2012 12:11 AM

MOSCOW—A moderate earthquake rocked an area around the Black Sea on Sunday, sending residents of the Russian city Sochi into the streets, Russian news agencies reported.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which had a magnitude of 5.8 and struck at 1331 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey.

The USGS said the epicenter was located in the Black Sea, 46 kilometers from the coast of Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia which neighbors Russia.

The Interfax news agency said the quake was strongly felt in the Black Sea city of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 2014.

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