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Enraged survivors of the devastating earthquake in Neftegorsky confronted town officials today. "I only have two questions," said one woman. "Why weren't we warned? Why is my husband dead?" Townspeople rejected an offer by the state to resettle them in other areas of Sakhalin Island. Frustrated by a dying local economy, many residents had hoped to be moved to the mainland. New tremors are also being felt in Russia's courts. Prosecutors are now opening a criminal investigation of the builders of the town's apartment buildings, saying shoddy construction contributed greatly to the loss of life in the quake. They argue that the concrete buildings, which were put up as temporary housing during the 1960's, were built by the contractors using substandard materials and were held together by little more than plaster and reinforcing rods.