Help | Sitemap | Archive | Advanced Search | Mirror in USA   
 Globalization Forum

Message Board
Voice of Readers
China Quiz
 China At a Glance
 Constitution of the PRC
 State Organs of the PRC
 CPC and State Leaders
 Chinese President Jiang Zemin
 White Papers of Chinese Government
 Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping
 English Websites in China
About Us

U.S. Mirror
Japan Mirror
Tech-Net Mirror
Edu-Net Mirror
Thursday, December 07, 2000, updated at 09:28(GMT+8)

Strong Earthquake Hits Turkmenistan

A powerful earthquake measuring 8 points on the Richter scale hit Turkmenistan at 8:11 p.m. Moscow time (1711GMT) Wednesday, a senior official of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry announced Wednesday, December 6.

According to Marina Ryklina, head of the press service for the emergency ministry, the epicenter was 25 kilometers north of the city of Nebit-Dag and 125 kilometers southeast of the city of Turkmenbashi. The two cities are both located at Turkmenistan's northwestern desert region, and no casualty or damage figures have been reported so far.

The magnitude of the tremors reached 8 points on Richter scale at its epicenter, and 6 points at the Turkmen capital of Ashkhabad.

The earthquake was also felt in Russia, particularly in Samara. It even registered up to 2 points in Moscow, Ryklina said.

In the Azeri capital of Baku, the magnitude of the tremors measured 4-5 points on the Richter scale, which is the strongest after the 6.5 quake that rocked Baku on November 25, reports reaching here said.

Many Baku residents left their homes and poured into the streets as they did in last month's quake, which killed 31 people and resulted in heavy property damage.

In This Section