ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 hit Russia on Monday along the Black Sea coast to the north of Sochi, the city preparing to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Vladimir Smirnov of the emergency services said no injuries or damage have been reported. He said the quake hit in the evening about 34 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the port city of Novorossiisk. Earthquakes of this size have the potential to cause moderate damage.
The epicenter was inland and at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles). Tremors were felt in other coastal towns, including Sochi. The Interfax news agency cited Olympstroi, the company building many of the facilities for the Olympics, as saying that none of them were damaged.
The earthquake also was felt in Anapa, the coastal city that is the starting point for a new gas pipeline called South Stream that will connect Russia's Black Sea coast with the Balkans, Austria and Italy.
Russian gas company Gazprom formally started construction of the pipeline last week.