July 18, 2004 |
A few years ago, this spindly island that Russia wears like a holstered gun on its eastern hip was as close to nowhere as anyone could imagine. Eight time zones from Moscow, Sakhalin Island was best known for the day in 1983 when a South Korean airliner strayed too close to a top-secret Soviet military installation and got shot out of the sky. Playwright Anton Chekhov had a one-word description when he visited in 1890: "Hell."
September 24, 2003 |
Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, may develop a second oil field off Russia's Pacific coast, provided Russia changes its laws on exploration licenses. Exxon may seek an exploration license for the Sakhalin-3 fields, close to the $15-billion Sakhalin-1 project where Exxon expects to start pumping oil in 2006.
January 28, 1998 |
A soldier high on acetone fumes went on a rampage and killed seven fellow servicemen at a remote base on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, military officials reported Tuesday in describing the latest of at least 10 multiple slayings in the disintegrating army over the past two years.
June 11, 1995 |
A series of tremors shook Sakhalin Island just a day after rescuers ended their search for victims of an earthquake two weeks ago that killed more than 1,800 people, a news agency reported Saturday. Interfax said a local seismic station had recorded 100 tremors, many of them tiny, since Friday. The strongest was a magnitude 4, it said. The May quake was a magnitude 7.5 and wiped out the oil town of Neftegorsk on the northern end of the island in Russia's Far East.
June 4, 1995 |
The known death toll from the earthquake that devastated Russia's Far Eastern oil town of Neftegorsk passed the 1,000 mark Saturday as fresh tremors rippled through the region. Emergencies ministry officials on Sakhalin island said after another day of work lifting rubble in the shattered town that the number of dead now found stood at 1,026. The bodies of 11 children were among those recovered Saturday. About 2,000 people in all are feared to have died. A 4.
May 29, 1995 |
At least 300 people were killed Sunday and hundreds more were feared buried under rubble after a powerful earthquake devastated a small town on Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East just north of Japan, news reports said. The Itar-Tass news agency said 300 people were confirmed dead, and officials estimated that up to 2,500 people may have been killed or injured in the 7.5-magnitude quake off Russia's east coast. The temblor struck at 1:03 a.m.