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6.2 quake rocks Kyrgyz-Uzbek border region

20 july 2011, 10:53
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An earthquake measuring 6.2 rocked southwestern Kyrgyzstan and eastern Uzbekistan early Wednesday, triggering panic in the region, AFP reports, citing seismologists and witnesses.

The quake hit in the middle of the night at 1:35 am (1935 GMT Tuesday) shaking the region some 400 kilometres (250 miles) southwest of the capital Bishkek, with the epicenter 42 kilometres (26 miles) southwest of the Uzbek town of Fergana, the US Geological Survey said.

"We were woken up by a noise and strong jolts which lasted for about 40 seconds. The house began to shake," said Albek Seitov, a resident of the Kyrgyz town of Och in the Fergana Valley.

"I thought it was a dream, a nightmare. I went out in the street like my neighbours. Everyone is afraid, panicking," he said.

The quake struck the border region at a depth of just 9.2 kilometers (5.7 miles), rocking Fergana which has some 200,000 residents.

"The people were scared and went out onto the streets. It lasted for a few seconds. There are cracks on the ceiling and the paint has started to fall off in my home," said Abdullah, who did not want to give his family name.

Another Fergana resident, Sukhrob, said the tremors had stopped, but people were frightened of returning home.

"I haven't seen houses destroyed. But the people are still outside, they're afraid of going home," he said.

The earthquake centres in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan could not be contacted early Wednesday and there were no immediate reports of victims or serious damage to property.

The Fergana Valley is an area shared uneasily by Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek ethnic groups and the scene of periodic violence and unrest since the 1991 Soviet collapse.

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