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A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has struck a lake along the Russia-Mongolia border, seismologists say. Only few details are currently available.

The earthquake, which struck at 5:33 a.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered in Lake Khövsgöl in the north of Mongolia, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) from the Russian border or 288 kilometers (179 miles) from the Russian city of Irkutsk.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude at 6.8, making it one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in recent history. It struck at a shallow depth of just 10 kilometers.

The area is not heavily populated but there are a number of villages in the area, including Hatgal and Turt, which have a combined population of up to 5,000 people. Details about damage or casualties were not immediately available.

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