6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan was rocked by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake near Almaty, the country’s largest city, on Monday. According to a statement from the Kazakh Emergency Situations Ministry, the epicenter of the quake was located 31 kilometers (19.2 miles) south of Almaty, with a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Following the quake, which occurred at 11:22 a.m. local time (0622 GMT), Almaty’s emergency department activated sirens and interrupted television and radio broadcasts to disseminate information to the public.

The Emergency Situations Ministry assured residents that emergency lines were operational in Almaty and the Zhetysu regions, urging them not to panic and to remain prepared for potential aftershocks. “Stay calm and trust only official sources of information,” the ministry advised.

In a subsequent statement, it was revealed that a second quake occurred in China at 11:45 a.m., located 263 kilometers (163.4 miles) south of Almaty.

The Kyrgyz Emergency Situations Ministry also reported feeling the earthquake in the country’s capital, Bishkek, registering a magnitude of 3.5. “Earthquake casualties and damage are being ascertained. Additional information will be provided,” the ministry stated.– Web Desk