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Astana, Kazakhstan • 23 January 2024

Emergency HQ Confirms No Damaging Earthquakes in Coming Days

The Minister of Emergency Situations was briefed on the situation in the earthquake-affected regions in Kazakhstan

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On January 23, Minister of Emergency Situations Syrym Sharipkhanov chaired an emergency meeting at the Crisis Management Center and was briefed on the current situation in earthquake-affected regions of the nation. The Institute of Seismology confirmed no damaging earthquakes (above 7 degrees on the MSK scale) are expected in the upcoming days, QazMonitor reports citing the Ministry’s press service.

During a video call with local executive bodies and regional subdivisions of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Minister heard reports from the Kazselezaschita State Agency, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the QazAvtoJol National Road Operator, the chemical security service, medical staff, the transport service, and the communication service.

According to the seismic assessment by the Institute of Seismology, the territory of the Almaty prognostic polygon is not anticipated to experience earthquakes exceeding a magnitude of 7 on the MSK seismic scale in the coming days.

The emergency headquarters reported receiving 377 calls from citizens. Meanwhile, the Kazselezaschita State Agency provided an update, confirming that all 76 posts for the prevention of avalanches and mudslides in Almaty city, as well as the Almaty, Zhambyl, Turkistan, and Zhetysu regions, have been placed on alert mode for observation and data transmission. Survey results indicate that the earthquake had no impact on mudslide protection structures, and there are no changes in the river regime.

As of now, there is no information regarding landslides and avalanches, and ongoing surveys are being conducted. The army is on standby, and the police have been transferred to a heightened state of readiness. Additionally, the transportation service has confirmed that Almaty Airport is operating in normal mode.

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