Quake Jolts Georgia Armenia

TBILISI (Reuters)–An earthquake shook Georgia and Armenia overnight–officials said on Friday.

The head of Georgia’s Seismological Institute–Avtandil Akhalbedashvili–told Reuters no casualties or damage were reported in Georgia so far.

The quake–whose epicenter was 45 miles southwest of the capital Tbilisi–registered between 5.5 and six on the Richter scale–strong enough to cause heavy damage in a populated area.

In Tbilisi the quake registered between 3.5 and four on the Richter scale.

It struck at 2:45 a.m.–Akhalbedashvili said.

Authorities in neighboring Armenia’said the tremor registered five on the Richter scale and four in the capital–Yerevan. No casualties or damage were reported in Armenia.

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