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Earthquakes in Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

2 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Kazakhstan by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

  • May 15, 1:48 am
    Magnitude 4.5: 89 km northeast of Kashgar, China at a depth of 10 km.
  • May 12, 4:27 pm
    Magnitude 5.4: 26 km west-southwest of Boysun, Uzbekistan at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes in Kazakhstan since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Kazakhstan happened on 03/24/1978 in the region Alma-Ata with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
06/13/2009Tekeli38 km5.41
09/27/1990Zaysan32 km4.50
08/03/1990Akkal, Ust6 km6.10
06/14/1990Ust, Zaysan28 km6.81
03/24/1978Alma-Ata48 km7.10
06/05/1970Alma-Ata6 km6.60


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.
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