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Sakhalin pays tribute to earthquake victims

Mourning ceremonies took place across the island of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East Sunday to commemorate the victims of a disastrous earthquake, which ravaged a settlement in the north of the island 11 years ago.

A powerful earthquake devastated the town of Neftegorsk on May 28, 1995, killing some 2,000 people. A decision was made 11 years ago not to reconstruct the settlement and to erect a monument on its site to commemorate the victims of the earthquake.

Sakhalin governor Ivan Malakhov laid flowers at the memorial to the Neftegorsk earthquake victims. Officials of the regional administration, representatives of local public organizations and Sakhalin residents took part in the mourning ceremony.
© RIA Novosti

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