2008 Chechnya earthquake

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2008 Chechnya earthquake
Date

October 11, 2008

(09:06:10 UTC)
Magnitude 5.8 Mw[1]
Depth 20 kilometres (12 mi)
Epicenter

43°17′17″N 46°17′53″E / 43.288°N 46.298°E / 43.288; 46.298

east of Grozny, Chechnya
Areas affected Russia
Chechnya
Dagestan
South Ossetia
Armenia
Georgia
Max. intensity VIII
Casualties 13 dead, 116 injured[2]
Shakemap of the earthquake

The 2008 Chechnya earthquake was a 5.8 Mw earthquake that occurred on October 11, 2008 at 09:06:10 UTC in Chechnya, Russia, and lasted for 40 seconds.[3] At least 13 people from the districts of Gudermes, Shalinsky and Kurchaloyevsky were killed by the quake and a series of aftershocks,[2][4] which were felt throughout the North Caucasus, and even in Armenia and Georgia. In addition, about 116 people were injured.[5]

Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Stavropol also experienced the tremors,[2] with a total of 16 shocks between 3 and 6 on the Richter scale.[6] Some tremors lasted up to 30 seconds, causing serious structural damage in two Chechen districts, and left 52,000 people without power in three districts.[2] Communications and roads in Chechnya were also disrupted.[3]

500 families in the heavily affected town of Kurchaloy needed tent shelters, and the local hospital in that town was evacuated.[7] There was only minimal damage in the Chechnya capital of Grozny, consisting mostly of broken windows.[7]

Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechnya said, "We have received information on damage from various districts... each and every [victim] will receive the necessary help and support."[8]

A strong magnitude 5.3 aftershock struck the region approximately 16 minutes after the initial quake.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magnitude 5.8 - Caucasus Region, Russia". USGS. 2008-10-11. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Death toll in Chechnya earthquake reaches 13". Xinhua. 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Deadly earthquake hits Chechnya". BBC. 2008-10-11. Archived from the original on 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Five Children Killed in Chechnya Earthquake - Health Minister". RedOrbit. 2008-10-12. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Death toll in Chechnya earthquake rises to 6, over 110 injured - 2". RIA Novosti. 2008-10-11. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Series of earthquakes hit Russia's south". RussiaToday. October 11, 2008. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-12. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Quake kills 13 in Russia's Chechnya region". Reuters. 2008-10-12. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Chechnya Hit By Deadly Earthquake". Sky News. 2008-10-11. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Magnitude 5.3 - Caucasus Region, Russia". USGS. October 11, 2008. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 

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