A powerful earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale struck Ferghana Valley early July 20, affecting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The epicenter of the quake was about 45 kilometers south of the Uzbek city of Ferghana. Unlike some past disasters or politically-sensitive news, the state media immediately announced the earthquake and said that people had been driven from their homes in Tashkent and other areas. While at first no casualties were reported, the Uzbek Emergencies Ministry soon reported at least 13 deaths and 86 injuries. Tajikistan reported one death. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported one activist who said at least five people were killed and over 40 people hospitalized in the Uzbek district of Rishton alone, not far from the Kyrgyz border.
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