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Quake hits Kyrgyzstan, no casualties reported

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 13:25 IST

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6 hit southern Kyrgyzstan on Monday night, causing cracks in houses but no casualties, the second quake to shake the Central Asian nation in two weeks, authorities said on Tuesday.

The quake that struck settlements in Batken region around midnight centred in an area 90 kilometres southwest of the regional center near the border with Tajikistan, the Emergencies Ministry said.

It said emergency services were working in the area to assess the damage and provide assistance to the local population.

Authorities in neighbouring Uzbekistan said that tremors measuring 5 on the Richter scale were registered in the capital Tashkent on Monday night.

Two weeks ago, an earthquake of a magnitude of 5.5 struck northern Kyrgyzstan causing cracks in thousands of houses but no casualties.

Mountains cover about 90 per cent of the poor ex-Soviet republic's territory.