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Earthquake hits northern Georgia

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 has struck northern Georgia.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 10km (6.2 miles) deep, and its epicentre was 80km from the city of Kutaisi, in the Oni area.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the earthquake, which struck at 0341 local time (2241 GMT).

However, people felt tremors in the capital Tbilisi, the central town of Gori and in Zugdidi, in the west.

Peter, a Tbilisi resident, told the BBC: "I noticed that my knees felt weak and the towels, shower doors, and shelves were all swaying but what was scary was the sound the building made.

"It sounded like someone was scratching slowly on the walls."

In 2008 a quake in nearby Chechnya, southern Russia, killed at least 13 people and injured more than 100.

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