Recent Natural Disasters 2013: M 6.0 strong earthquake in Eastern Kazakhstan shakes Almaty today.
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M 6.0 strong earthquake shakes Eastern Kazakhstan today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 60 km SE of Kegen and
227 km E Almaty. It was 6.8 miles deep.

Following USGS, light shaking of MMI IV will have felt by the people of Kegen, Tyup, Karakol, Aksu, Zharkent and Kyzyl-Suu. People of Kapchagai, Yesik, Aral, Talghar and Almaty will have felt weak shaking of MMI III.

Earthquake occurred in the border of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China (Xinjiang). There are 19,0000 people within 100 km radius. The nearest places are and Imeni Stalina. Aftershocks are expected.


The earthquake in Kazakhstan was predicted (?)
Just a coincidence but some days ago, a rumor spread of strong earthquake in Almaty (mainly because of the statement of the ecologist Mels Eleusizov mentioning major earthquake in Almaty). Instantly Seismology Institute LLP officials disproved rumors about a destructive earthquake in Almaty. The director of Seismology Institute LLP Tanatkan Abakanov formally disproved predicted earthquake in Almaty in a press conference.
Note that south seismic active zone of Kazakhstan is a part of the North Tian-Shan ridge system. It has record of catastrophic earthquakes.


There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from earthquake in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
16:38 UTC (local time Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM @ epicenter)

Epicenter location
60 km SE of Kegen, Kazakhstan
107 km E of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
110 km E of Tyup, Kyrgyzstan
142 km ENE of Kyzyl-Suu, Kyrgyzstan


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