Thursday, July 21, 2011

Earthquake of 6.2 degrees at the border of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan: 13 dead

At least 13 people died, more than 80 injured and dozens of buildings destroyed by an earthquake of 6.2 Richter scale that rocked the border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The strong quake struck this morning at 1:35 local time  some 400 km southwest of Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, with an epicenter located 42 kilometers from the Uzbek city of Fergana.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan today presented the first assessment of damage caused by the strong earthquake, which confirmed 13 deaths and more than 80 injured, according to a report by Russian news agency Novosti. "As a result of the collapse of several obsolete buildings, 13 people were killed and over 80 injured," the ministry said in a statement, the regions most affected by the quake were the districts Bagdadski, Uzbekistanski Rishtanski and, in the province of Fergana, where the highest number of victims and affected buildings.

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, ordered his cabinet to take necessary measures to overcome consequences of the earthquake, to assist the victims and make a detailed assessment of damage and number of dead and wounded. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan reported that the quake no casualties or serious damage, only a severe blackout in 11 villages in Batken region as a result of damage to a transformer.

However, the agency said they have not been able to account for damage in remote areas of the Fergana Valley, the epicenter area, due to difficult access to the region inhabited by various ethnic groups in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In a press conference, the director of the Institute of Seismology of the Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyzstan Kanatbek Abdrakhmatov confirmed that several buildings were damaged slightly by the strong earthquake, said Itar-Tass.

The specialist noted that the magnitude of the earthquake is comparable to the devastating earthquake that struck in 2008, the Osh region, killing at least 70 people and destroyed nearly 200 buildings in the village of Nur. Abdrakhmatov considered the fact that the epicenter is in a sparsely populated rocky and played a positive role in this earthquake, so that impact is not as strong.

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