Kirgizstan 13 dead from 6.1 earthquake

At least 13 people were killed and over 70 injured in a strong earthquake in southwestern Kyrgyzstan and eastern Uzbekistan border area on Wednesday morning, officials said. In 6.2 Earthquake 1.35 am local time (1935 GMT Tuesday) was centered about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) east of Okhna, the village in the Batken region of Kyrgyzstan near the border with Uzbekistan. He struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the Kazakhstan National Data Center (KNDC). The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which measured the force of the earthquake was 6.1 on the Richter scale, estimated that some 50,000 people may have felt 'very strong' shaking, which could result in moderate to severe damage. He estimates that about 7.6 million others may have felt moderate to strong shaking. But the Ministry of Emergency Situations for Kadamjay district told 24 News Agency "Civil Protection Commission inspection of every home. We have created a special office under the administration of the district, where citizens can report damage" 6 October 2008, a strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake near the Kyrgyz village Nura, killing at least 74 people and wounding 140 others. It was the country's deadliest earthquake in modern history. —Irishweatheron-line

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