Kyrgyzstan is landlocked mountainous nation of around five million people, which borders China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The total area of high mountainous terrain, alpine meadows and pastures exceeds 70% of the Republic’s territory, whereas the greater part of the Kyrgyz Republic is occupied by the Tien-Shan mountains. Kyrgyzstan is a highly active seismic region and has been shaken by numerous significant earthquakes as a consequence of the ongoing collision between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates.
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Teshebaeva, K., Sudhaus, H., Wetzel, H. U., Echtler, H., Zubovich, A., & Roessner, S. (2013, October). Radar remote sensing for surveying and monitoring of earthquakes and mass movements in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Inand Young Researchers’ Forum.
On Saturday, 25 April 2015 6:11UTC, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 15km struck Nepal affecting 6.5 Million people within 100km (cf. GDACS). On the 12th of May a magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred with an epicenter close to Mount Everest, 18km South East of Kodari at 7:05:19 UTC (12.35 am local time) followed by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 7:36:53 UTC, 33km NNE of Ramechhap (cf. USGS). It occurred at a depth of 11.5 miles. A number of smaller aftershocks were recorded by the USGS. These aftershocks caused more buildings to collapse and landslides to occur.To support the response to the disaster, several actors are involved in producing useful information. UN-SPIDER compiles this information here to make it easily accessible.