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.

In Syria, the security operations continue at Homs

The army and the Syrian security forces continued their security operations in Homs, Thursday, July 21, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH). "The army and security forces have invested in homes and made arrests in Homs. The gunfire was heard since the dawn" in the city, the third of Syria, where there have been dozens of deaths in recent days, said Abdul Rahman.

Japan: rice straw led to radioactive contamination o

A new batch of nearly 850 cattle suspected of having been fed radioactive rice straw was identified in several prefectures in Japan, bringing to nearly 1,500 the number of cattle heads shipped contaminated in virtually all countries, it was learned Thursday, July 21. Investigations conducted by the authorities revealed that cattle suspected of contamination was shipped from farms Iwate (north), Akita (north), Gunma (center), Niigata (west coast), Gifu (center) and Shizuoka (South Central), according to media count.