Natural Disasters in the Caucasus

Magnitude 3.0 earthquake hits Caspian Sea

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake has struck the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, according to the Republican Seismic Survey Center of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The quake, depth of 50 km, was recorded at 07:57 local …

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Fire contained in Georgia's Kvareli municipality

About 60 firefighters have contained a fire in the forest of Kvareli municipality, in eastern Georgia, where the lower cover of the deciduous forest began burning early morning on August 11, according to the Emergency Management Service of …

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Mud volcano causes explosion in the Caspian Sea

A mud volcano has erupted near an oil platform off the coast of Azerbaijan, causing a large fireball which was visible across the region, officials say. The incident happened at 9:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when a large explosion …

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Powerful earthquake hits Yerevan

An earthquake took place in Yerevan. The epicenter of the tremors was located 8 kilometers southeast of the Armenian capital, the focus lay at a depth of 10 kilometers. In the epicentre, the strength of the earthquake was 6-7 points, in Yerevan - …

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Earthquake hits Shahbuz region of Azerbaijan

The earthquake in the Shahbuz region, Azerbaijan, occurred at 17:22 (16:22 Moscow time) 10 km north-west of Shahbuz station. Its magnitude was 4.2, the Republican Center of Seismological Service of the National Academy of Sciences of …

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3.7-point earthquake hits Chechnya-Dagestan border

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 was recorded on the border of Dagestan and Chechnya, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Dagestan reports. The head of the seismic station of the Russian …

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Earthquake hits Dagestan

An earthquake measuring 4.6 points on the Richter scale hit Dagestan early this morning, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) informed. Tremors were recorded at 04:05 (Moscow time). The epicenter of the …

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Armenia marks 32nd anniversary of Spitak earthquake

Today, it is the 32nd anniversary of the tragic Spitak earthquake. The earthquake hit Armenia's Spitak on December 7th 1988.  Powerful tremors in nearly half a minute destroyed the whole northern part of Armenia, covering a …

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Upper Lars opened for passenger cars

Today, Georgian authorities restarted traffic on the Gudauri-Kobi (Cross Pass) section of the Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Lars international highway (Georgian Military Highway), connecting Georgia and Russia, but so far, only for passenger cars, the …

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Armenia hit by earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8 points was registered in Armenia, the country's Ministry of Emergencies reported. The earthquake's epicenter was located 20 km north-west of Yeghegnadzor. The earthquake occurred …

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Earthquake hits western Georgia

An earthquake measuring 3.2 points on the Richter scale has occurred in the Imereti region, western Georgia. This was reported by the National Seismic Monitoring Center of Georgia. The shake was registered at 01:31 (Moscow time) 1 km …

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Two injured by rockfall in Kabardino-Balkaria

Today, two tourists were injured by a rockfall in the mountains of Kabardino-Balkaria (KBR), the regional EMERCOM office informs. ”A call was received, that in the Bezengi gorge of the Cherekskiy region on the Ural …

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North Caucasus registers fourth earthquake in month

This morning, another tremors were regisered in Chechnya, the website of the Unified Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences informs. The earthquake occurred at 4:06 in the Itum-Kalinsky region, 6 km north of Itum-Kali …

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Earthqake jolts Caspian Sea

An earthquake has hit the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, according to the Republican Seismic Survey Center of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The quake was recorded at 11:51:21 local time. The …

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Transkam closed due to avalanches

For two days, the Transcaucasian highway connecting Russia with South Ossetia remains closed due to avalanches. A heating station has been deployed at the road, the press service of the Ministry of Emergencies of North Ossetia reports. …

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