Russia’s Far East was rocked June 25 when a fire at a Pacific Fleet arms depot near the city of Nakhodka caused artillery shells to detonate. The blasts lasted for nearly three hours and a nearby village had to be evacuated, but no civilian casualties were reported. In recent years there have been at least three other such incidents in the region, including one in March, 1995, during which more than one thousand shells exploded less than twenty miles from the Chinese border. (Reuter, Itar-Tass, June 25)
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