15 injured in Kyrgyzstan earthquake

BISHKEK, July 21 (Itar-Tass) — Fifteen people were injured on Wednesday as an earthquake hit the southern Batken region of Kyrgyzstan, the press service of the republic’s Ministry of Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The earth tremors were recorded by seismic stations on July 20 at 01:35, local time (23:35 MSK). The force of the earthquake the epicentre of which was located near the Sovetskaya village, reached 7-8 points on a 12-point scale.

According to the Institute of Seismology of the National Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan, a few dozen buildings were damaged. The earthquake also damaged the country’s energy system. Half of the settlements in the Kadamjay district of the Batken region for several hours had no electricity supply.

According to the Institute of Seismology, the seismic focus was located at a depth of 10 kilometres.

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