1995 Neftegorsk earthquake

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1995 Neftegorsk earthquake
1995 Neftegorsk earthquake is located in Far Eastern Federal District
1995 Neftegorsk earthquake
Date 27 May 1995 (1995-05-27)
Origin time 13:03:55 UTC [1]
Magnitude 7.0 Mw [1]
Depth 12.9 km (8 mi) [1]
Epicenter 52°37′N 142°52′E / 52.61°N 142.87°E / 52.61; 142.87Coordinates: 52°37′N 142°52′E / 52.61°N 142.87°E / 52.61; 142.87 [1]
Type Strike-slip [2]
Areas affected Sakhalin, Russian Far East
Total damage $64.1–300 million [2]
Max. intensity IX (Violent) [2]
Casualties 1,989 dead [2]
750 injured [2]
1995 Neftegorsk earthquake monument at the Yuzhno Sakhalinsk

The 1995 Neftegorsk earthquake occurred on 27 May at 23:03:55 local time with a moment magnitude of 7.0 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). The strike-slip earthquake devastated the settlement of Neftegorsk on northern Sakhalin Island in Russia. Almost 2,000 residents in the town were killed and another 750 were injured. The Belgian Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters' EM-DAT database places the total damage at $64.1 million, while the United States' National Geophysical Data Center assesses the damage at $300 million.

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