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Gas pipeline erupts in northern Russia
April 19, 2000 Web posted at: 9:43 AM EDT (1343 GMT)
MOSCOW (AP) -- A natural gas explosion ripped a pipeline in northwestern Russia, forcing a cutoff of gas supplies to customers in Latvia and nearby Russian regions, officials said Wednesday.
No casualties were reported. The Tuesday night blast hit a section of the Valdai-Riga pipeline running through a marshy, unpopulated area in the Novgorod region, just south of St. Petersburg on Russia's western border, a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
The cause of the explosion was unclear, though emergency officials said it was likely a technical problem.
Gas supplies to the Latvian capital, Riga, and Russia's Valdai district were suspended. Repair crews were working to fix the damage and said supplies should resume within a week.
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