Lonely Planet Writer

Massive earthquake forecast to hit Kyrgyzstan by year’s end

Kyrgyzstan could be hit by a massive earthquake in the second half of 2015. According to the country’s Emergency Situations Ministry, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake is forecast to hit the country by the end of the year.

Issyk-Kul lake mountains, Kyrgystan.
Issyk-Kul lake mountains, Kyrgystan. Image by Alexey Z / CC BY 2.0

Kyrgyzstan is located along the Talas-Fergana Fault, which runs under the Tian Shan mountain range and has caused large-scale, destructive earthquakes in both Kyrgyzstan and China. The Kyrgyz village of Nura, which sits along the fault line, was nearly destroyed by an 8.0-magnitude quake in 2008. Read more: trend.az