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Major quake hits southern Kyrgyzstan

Wednesday 20 July 2011

BISHKEK (AP) – A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 struck a remote location in southern Kyrgyzstan on the border with Uzbekistan early Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

No casualties or serious damage were immediately reported from the temblor, which hit at about 1:35 AM local time in an area some 35 km away from the Uzbek city of Ferghana, which has a population of more than 200,000.

In Andijan, the next largest city in Uzbekistan’s Ferghana Valley, roughly 100 km from the epicenter, many people had left their homes in panic and were standing in the streets.

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