Natural disasters in Russia
Russia is also a greatly affected by natural disasters. It is mostly affected by earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes. A few accounts of these are:
2006 Kamchatka earthquakes
The 2006 Kamchatka earthquakes was a series of powerful shocks that started on April 20, 2006 at 23:25 UTC as a major quake with the magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was located near coast of Koryak Autonomous Okrug at an estimated depth of 22 km, as reported preliminarily by the USGS. This major quake caused damages in three villages; it was followed by a number of shocks ranging in magnitude from 4.3 to 5.1. The next strong 6.6 temblor struck on Saturday, April 29 at 16:58 UTC; it was too followed by a number of strong and medium quakes days after with the magnitude ranging from 4.3 to 5.0.These earthquakes claimed no deaths, however 40 people were reported injured and ca. 1,000 people were since evacuated. Several diesel electric power stations and block and concrete buildings sustained damage.
Floods in Saint Petersburg
Floods in Saint Petersburg are due to the Neva River delta and the eastern part of Neva Bay. There are several factors: cyclones, arising in the Baltic Sea, with a prevalence of west winds cause a "slow" matched Kelvin wave to rise and move towards Neva Creek, where it meets the natural river flow moving in the opposite direction. The water level rises because of the shallowness of Neva Bay and the flatness of its bottom, and the narrowing of the Gulf of Finland near the delta. Seiches, onsets and other factors also contribute to the floods.
If you are in the area and need to contact the emergency services you can call
Fire brigade: 112-01