Very strong dangerous earthquake in southern Siberia - only slight damage + video

Earthquake overview : In the early afternoon of February 26, a very strong extremely shallow earthquake occurred approx. 100 km from Kyzyl, Siberia, Russia.
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To read the full story as it happened, we advise our readers to start at the lower part of the page (earthquake data).
Check also our Russia-only earthquake list for aftershocks

Keep this page open or return regularly as we will be back with more details when they become available

Update 18:22 UTC :  86 town houses in Kyzyl who were slightly damaged during the December earthquake. Today 15 were found to have an increase in cracks.  In this regard, the Mayor instructed to monitor the situation in these homes, if necessary promptly to evacuate residents.

Update 18:15 UTC :  Some villages near the epicenter have been flooded partially because of an ice dam (cracked ice created a dam)  Authorities have claimed heavy equipment to avoid further problems.

Update 17:45 UTC :  "In 77 municipalities, caught in the earthquake zone, 1017 localities have been surveyed on 942 (92%),  304 640 buildings surveyed on 236 101 (77%) and 5402 socio-important sites surveyed on 4091 (75%). Potentially dangerous facilities inspected : 100% - (No serious damage was found so far (only cracks in walls and objects falling from shelves)

Update 17:45 UTC :  Russian emergency services acted swiftly and well organized to inspect houses; infrastructure etc.

Update 17:43 UTC : A RussiaTV video showing at the end the light damage of this earthquake

Update 14:15 UTC : Most mining companies in the area have send their workers on leave as many aftershocks are expected and as the technical installations have to be inspected.

Update 14:11 UTC : Tenting has been installed in Kyzyl to accept 5400 people.

Update 14:00 UTC : Some school buildings in Kochetova have induced small damage, like cracks in the ceiling , falling plaster etc.

Update 09:24 UTC : The only video's we can find at the moment are from more than 500 km from the epicenter and they are showing weak to light shaking. We are waiting for better videos (which resemble more the shaking near the epicenter)  to embed.

Update 09:03 UTC : The Commission for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Tuva, appealed to residents of the region to remain calm and not panic.

Update 09:01 UTC : According to eyewitnesses in the Republic of Khakassia (Kyzyl is the capital), the chandeliers and furniture were shaking. At the same time in the Novosibirsk region, residents in high-rise buildings felt small tremors. Recorded shocks of medium strength at Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk, where Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian candidate for the Presidency, was campaigning !.

Update 08:58 UTC : well felt over 8 Russian regions, but no damage reported so far (like last time)

Update 08:56 UTC : A faulty transformer has occurred in Tuva - possibly as a result of the earthquake. Emergency services are also checking critical infrastructure in the epicentral region.

Update 08:40 UTC : We have just added a number of experience reports below

Update 08:19 UTC : No major damage has been reported. In Kyzyl, an MSK of 5.5 (around MMI 5-5.5) was recorded, with people coming out into the streets but very little damage occurring with a few objects falling from shelves.
This is good news, and no casualties or major damage has been reported from the epicenter via reports from central Tuva.

Update 07:38 UTC : The nearest populated places are: Karaus (9km), Kara Khem (13km). The closest civilian airport is Kyzyl (100km).

Update 07:30 UTC : Strength at the epicenter only MSK7. According to preliminary data, the earthquake in eastern Siberia, no casualties, no damage, told RIA Novosti by telephone a representative of the Siberian Regional Centre for Emergency Situations Ministry. MSK shaking scale is almost similar to MMI scale.

Update 07:29 UTC Abakan has reported an intensity of MSK3-4. Abakan is around 300km away, Irkutsk around 350km....but they were getting long period effects, hence why tall buildings

Update 07:25 UTC :  in Irkutsk, tremors were felt for about four or five minutes with 15.19 (10.19 GMT) to 15:24 local time. The inhabitants of the upper floors of tall buildings saw objects fall down from the top shelf. The houses also had some broken glasses, chandeliers swayed.

Update 07:25 UTC :  WAPMERR, a damege and casualty theoretical engine has reported 0-10 deaths, 0-30 injuries, data merely based on historic earthquakes in the area.

Update 07:23 UTC Saryg-Sep, a city with a population of 5,000 will be the hardest hit with a theoretically calculated impact of VIII MMI (based on the M 6.8 magnitude). MMI VIII is causing SEVERE shaking

Update 07:22 UTC :  The earthquake shocks were felt at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant, Russia’s largest.

Update 07:21 UTC :  The earthquake shocks were felt for four to five minutes from 15:19 to 15:24 p.m. local time (06:19 – 06:24 a.m. GMT). Residents of the upper stories of high-rise residential buildings said the tremor caused their things to fall from upper shelves. Windows and glass rattled and chandeliers swayed during the earthquake.

Update 07:19 UTC :  Some structures in Kyzyl were already weakened by the December 27 earthquake. Many houses and apartment buildings had cracks in the walls.

Update 07:14 UTC :  Russian authorities have reported a magnitude of 6.6 (FAR BETTER than the initial 6.8 reported by USGS). The distance from the epicenter to Kyzyl, the capital of the area is (only) 69 km - that is bad news ! Some structures in Kyzyl were already weakened by the December 27 earthquake. Many houses and apartment buildings had cracks in the walls.

Update 07:14 UTC :  Emergency tenting supplied after the December 27 earthquake may still be on location. After the December 27 earthquake many weeks of moderate to sometimes strong aftershocks were occurring in the area.

Update 07:10 UTC :  considering the last Kyzyl earthquake caused only interruptions to supply. Mines were also closed for about 48 hours.

Update 07:10 UTC : Theoretically, a max. MMI value of VIII will be reached.  Extremely and devastating in some areas, but probably not in Siberia as we learned out of the December 27 experience.

Update 07:09 UTC : We have currently one aftershock after the other. Magnitudes are in the M 5 range

Update 07:08 UTC : The earthquake has been felt all over Mongolia !

Update 07:03 UTC : It is currently winter in Siberia and temperatures are often -30 °C or even colder. People will be obliged to stay outside their houses for at least 48 hours out of fear for aftershocks

Update 07:01 UTC : The December 27, 2011 earthquake had luckily NO victims. If current epicenter and Magnitude are confirmed, does not expect fatalities

Update : Read also our December 27 2011 article when a similar earthquake occurred at almost the same location with almost the same Magnitude .  Click here to read the in-depth report about this Kyzyl earthquake.

Update 06:57 UTC  : extremely shallow and with the current preliminary magnitude, it means extremely dangerous for the people living above it

- In the early afternoon of February 26, a very strong extremely shallow earthquake occurred approx. 100 km from Kyzyl, Siberia, Russia. GOOGLE+ / FACEBOOK
"I Have Felt It" reports as received by
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - The doors started to move a little and the kitchen utensils were swinging slightly. We live in a 12 story apartment and it may have been amplified as we are on the 10th floor.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - My daughter saw pictures on the wall moving. Very feint ... but we live on the 11th floor of a 15 story building.
Ulgii, Mongolia - Weak shaking indicated
Kyzyl - это было больше чем в декабре. (It was stronger than in December) - source EMSC
Idrinskoye - шаталось всё, что только могло шататься! высокий шкаф чуть было не упал. толчки быстро нарастали, продержались на каком то уровне и плавно затухли. трясло около минуты. только рыбы в аквариуме засуетились, а остальные - спокойно перенесли! - source EMSC
Krasnoyarsk - По времени было продолжительнее, чем прошлое Кызыльское (513 km NW from epicenter. (It lasted longer than the last December earthquake) - source EMSC

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 6.8
UTC Time : Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 06:17:19 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 01:17:19 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 11.7 km
Geo-location(s) :
100 km (62 miles) E (91°) from Kyzyl, Russia
337 km (209 miles) NE (53°) from Ulaangom, Mongolia

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USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area
Historic earthquakes map
Seismic hazard map
Shaking map
Focal mechanism report
Human impact map
GDACS earthquake report
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