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The 2008 Kyrgyzstan earthquake was a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, which struck on October 6, 2008 at 21:52 local time (15:52 UTC) killing 75 people, including 41 children, and injuring 150 people, including 93 children. The center of the earthquake was near the town of Nuramarker, which was destroyed in the quake. The shock destroyed 100 buildings in the area and destroyed nearby village of Kura. Minor damage also occurred in nearby Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The quake was felt throughout Central Asia. A magnitude 5.7 aftershock in Xinjiang and a magnitude 5.1 aftershock in Kyrgyzstan followed the earthquake. Two more aftershocks above magnitude 5 in Kyrgyzstan and one in Xinjiang struck on October 13, UTC time. Victims were transported in military helicopters to hospitals in Oshmarker.

The Kyrgyzstan Emergency Ministry said that few buildings remained standing in the village: "Almost all buildings in the village have been destroyed. The only buildings remaining are the properly engineered ones which were built recently: the school and a medical clinic." Kanatbek Abdrakhmatov, head of the Institute of Seismology, attributed much of the destruction due to inferior construction of the buildings, many of which were built out of clay and straw.

The injured were paid 5,000 Kyrgyzstani soms (US$ 136) and 3 tons of coal, and families of the dead received 50 kg of flour. 200 people wish to remain in Nura, and were provided with 100 6-person tents. 100 mobile homes are being transported to Nura, and the village will be rebuilt in the spring of 2009, and should be completed by August 2009. Uzbekistanmarker pledged the equivalent of US$200,000 in humanitarian aid, including 120 tons of cement, as well as other building materials.

In Kyrgyzstan, an official day of mourning was observed on October 7, 2008.

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