The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake at a depth of 16.9 km, in the Saryagash District of the South Kazakhstan Region of Kazakhstan, close to the border with Uzbekistan, slightly after 7.25 am local time (slightly after 1.25 am GMT) on Tuesday 23 January 2018. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, but it was felt in Tashkent.
The approximate location of the 29 September 2017 Saryagash Earthquake. USGS.
South Kazakhstan lies to the north of the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which runs through northern Afghanistan. The Indian Plate is moving northward relative to the Eurasian Plate, causing folding and uplift along this boundary, which has led to the formation of the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, The Pamirs in Tajikistan, the Himalayas and the other mountain ranges of Central Asia., and which makes the nations in this boundary zone prone to Earthquakes.
Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organisation Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
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