July 19, 2011 – BISHKEK – A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the country of Kyrgyzstan at a depth of 17.9 km. The earthquake was centered 42 km (26 miles) SW of Farghona (Fergana), Uzbekistan and 60 km (37 miles) SE of Quqon (Kokand), Uzbekistan and 404 km south of Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek. As the earthquake occurred during at 1:35 in the morning. There are no reports of damage. The earthquake was followed by a 4.4 magnitude aftershock which occurred at an even shallower depth of 1 km according to the EMSC. –The Extinction Protocol.
AP WIRE: No casualties or serious damage were immediately reported from the temblor, which hit at about 1:35 a.m. local time in an area some 35 kilometers (22 miles) 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 kilometers (60 miles) from the epicenter, residents told The Associated Press that many people had left their homes in panic and were standing in the streets. One 40-year-old woman said the quake appeared to last several minutes. “There was a really strange and weird sound,” she said on condition of anonymity. She said there were no immediate signs of damage to buildings, but that city dwellers have taken provisions and are spending the night on the streets. –AP
(left) Sesimogram reading from China and seismic wave registering in neighboring Kazakhstan (right)