Anatomy of an Earthquake
There are on average 2000 earthquakes a year of a magnitude 5 to 6 on the Richter scale; Only the ones that claim human life and devastate receive a high media coverage… The earthquake occurred in Kyrgyzstan… Who knows were this place is?…I didn’t, What happens after the quake? Here we take a close up view of the real events after the fact…Who suffers?,..Who helps?…Who cares? RHS1 zooms in on this average earthquake for a closer look.
ORIGINAL POST: Tuesday December 26, 2006
Earthquake measuring 5.5 strikes northern Kyrgyzstan
Tuesday December 26, 2006
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) – A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck northern Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, causing cracks in buildings but no casualties, the state Seismology Institute said.
Geographical location: Kyrgyzstan.
The earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 degrees on the Richter scale occurred in Kyrgyzstan on 26 December 2006 at 0200 local time. The epicentre was located in the Teskey Alatau ridge close to the border of Issyk-Kul and Naryn provinces and 140 km east from the capital city of Bishkek. Tremors were also felt in Almaty in neighbouring Kazakhstan, with a magnitude of around 3.5-4 degrees on the Richter scale but there has been no damage registered.
Geographical location: Kyrgyzstan Earthquake.
Based on early assessments of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MoE), local administrative bodies and Red Crescent provincial branch 5,910 people have been affected by the earthquake; there have been no casualties. The government indicated mainly damage to housing, electricity lines and communications. Most of the people left homeless have been accommodated with their relatives.
The situation on the emergency site is worsened by harsh winter conditions with low temperatures and heavy snow falls that captured the country during the first days of the new year.
On 28 December Kyrgyzstan Red Crescent distributed blankets, bedding, kitchen utensils and hygiene means to 60 affected families of Isakeevo village.
The National Society plans to carry out another assessment on 4 January to specify further needs for an Emergency Appeal, looking for possibilities to expand the coverage.
The Red Crescent is coordinating its response operation with the local response headquarters set up in Kochkor rayon. Kyrgyzstan National Society is also a member of the interagency commission that was established to monitor the situation developments on the disaster site.
At 2 a.m. local time on 26 Dec 2006, an earthquake struck Kochkor area, Naryn region, some 140 km south-east of Bishkek. The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Kazakhstan.
Specified information on damaged houses as of 31 December is as follows:
1 Totally destroyed… 20
2 Severely damaged… 1,312
3 Average damage… 2,392
4 Moderately damaged… 3,159
Information from Kazakhstan courtesy of Disaster Relief Emergency Fund
UPDATE ON THIS STORY
Emergency declared in Kyrgyzstan after strong earthquake
BISHKEK, January 9 (Itar-Tass) –
An earthquake with a magnitude six points on the Richter scale occurred in the Batken district of Kyrgyzstan overnight, the republic’s Ministry of Ecology and Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. The quake epicentre was located 90 kilometres southwest of the Batken regional centre in the Turkestan range area.
According to preliminary reports, there have been no casualties and destruction in the calamity area. Emergency ministry’s special response groups have been dispatched to the quake site in order to assess the aftermath of the earth tremors.