2008 Chechnya earthquake

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2008 Chechnya earthquake
UTC time2008-10-11 09:06:10
ISC event13396641
Local dateOctober 11, 2008
Local time13:06:10
Magnitude5.8 Mwc[1]
Depth20 kilometres (12 mi)
Epicenter43°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
Areas affectedRussia
South Ossetia
Max. intensityVII (Very strong)[2]
Casualties13 dead, 116 injured[3]
ShakeMap for the event

The 2008 Chechnya earthquake occurred October 11 at 09:06:10 UTC in Chechnya, Russia, with a Mwc magnitude of 5.8. At least 13 people from the districts of Gudermes, Shalinsky and Kurchaloyevsky were killed.[3][4] The mainshock and a series of aftershocks were felt throughout the North Caucasus, and even in Armenia and Georgia. About 116 people were injured.[5]

Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Stavropol also experienced the tremors,[3] with a total of 16 shocks between 3 and 6 on the Richter magnitude 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.[3] Communications and roads in Chechnya were also disrupted.[7]

Five-hundred families in the heavily affected town of Kurchaloy needed tent shelters, and the local hospital in that town was evacuated.[8] There was only minimal damage in the Chechnya capital of Grozny, consisting mostly of broken windows.[8]

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."[9]

A magnitude 5.3 aftershock struck the region approximately 16 minutes after the initial quake.[10]


  1. ^ ANSS. "M 5.8 - Caucasus Region, Russia". Comprehensive Catalog. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. ^ ANSS: Caucasus 2008
  3. ^ a b c d Du, Guodong, ed. (October 12, 2008). "Death toll in Chechnya earthquake reaches 13". Xinhua.
  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.
  7. ^ "Deadly earthquake hits Chechnya". BBC. 2008-10-11. Archived from the original on 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Chechnya Hit By Deadly Earthquake". Sky News. 2008-10-11. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  10. ^ ANSS. "M 5.3 - Caucasus Region, Russia". Comprehensive Catalog. U.S. Geological Survey

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