2008 Chechnya earthquake

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2008 Chechnya earthquake
Date October 11, 2008
Origin time 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; 46.298Coordinates: 43°17′17″N 46°17′53″E / 43.288°N 46.298°E / 43.288; 46.298
Type Dip-slip
Areas affected Russia
South Ossetia
Max. intensity VIII
Casualties 13 dead, 116 injured[2]
ShakeMap for the event

The 2008 Chechnya earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 5.8 on October 11 at 09:06:10 UTC in Chechnya, Russia. At least 13 people from the districts of Gudermes, Shalinsky and Kurchaloyevsky were killed.[2][3] The mainshock and a series of aftershocks were felt throughout the North Caucasus, and even in Armenia and Georgia. About 116 people were injured.[4]

Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Stavropol also experienced the tremors,[2] with a total of 16 shocks between 3 and 6 on the Richter magnitude scale.[5] 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.[6]

Five-hundred 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 magnitude 5.3 aftershock struck the region approximately 16 minutes after the initial quake.[9]


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  2. ^ a b c d Du Guodong, ed. (October 12, 2008). "Death toll in Chechnya earthquake reaches 13". Xinhua. 
  3. ^ "Five Children Killed in Chechnya Earthquake - Health Minister". RedOrbit. 2008-10-12. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Series of earthquakes hit Russia's south". RussiaToday. October 11, 2008. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Deadly earthquake hits Chechnya". BBC. 2008-10-11. Archived from the original on 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  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. ^ USGS. "M 5.3 - Caucasus region, Russia". United States Geological Survey.