13 killed, 86 injured in Uzbekistan by earthquake

08:28, July 21, 2011      

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Thirteen people were killed and 86 injured in Uzbekistan when an earthquake struck the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border area overnight Tuesday, the Uzbek Emergency Ministry said Wednesday.

Several old buildings were also destroyed in the Uzbek city of Fergana. The injured were provided with first aid, with 35 of them hospitalized, the ministry said.

The earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, occurred at about 1:35 a.m. local time Wednesday (1935 GMT Tuesday), with the epicentre inside neighboring Kyrgyzstan but 42 km southwest of Fergana, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter took place 9.2 km underground, it said.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov had instructed the government to take urgent measures to tackle the emergency and offer all possible assistance to those affected, the Uzbek Emergency Ministry said.

Currently, no report on the casualties in Kyrgyzstan is available.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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