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Kyrgyzstan : powerful earthquake struck in the south

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A 6.2 earthquake struck a remote area in southern Kyrgyzstan on the border with Uzbekistan according to the US Geological Survey.

No casualties or serious damage were immediately reported from the temblor, which hit at about 1:35 a.m. local time 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous Central Asian nation.

The closest heavily populated area appears to be the Uzbek city of Ferghana.

In Andijan, the next largest city in Uzbekistan’s Ferghana Valley, residents told The Associated Press that many people have left their homes in panic and are standing in the streets. That industrial city is roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the epicenter.

Source : Official Wire