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Turkmenistan: Earthquake Goes Unannounced

Earthquake near Balkanabat, Turkmenistan June 1, 2011

The US Geological Survey recorded an earthquake near Balkanabat in Turkmenistan with a magnitude of 4.2 out of 10 on the Richter scale on June 1.

Yet the Turkmen government remained silent about the tremor, the independent website chrono-tm.org noted. This, despite Turkmenistan's history of earthquakes, including the worst one in its history in 1948, which killed 110,000 people.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre also reported the quake, about 43 kilometers from the city of Balkanabat, with a measurement of 4.6. That would put the earthquake in the "light" category, where little damage was likely.

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