GORNO-ALTAISK, February 29 (Itar-Tass) — Ten new aftershocks were registered in Tuva on Tuesday. These seismic events were recorded in the territory with the epicentre 51 km northeast of the Saryg-Sep settlement of the Kaa-Khem kozhuun (district), in the same place where all the other previous aftershocks occurred. The intensity of the tremors at the epicentre was reaching 4.5 points on the MSK-64 scale, the press service of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s (EMERCOM) main department for the republic reported in Kyzyl on Wednesday.
According to it, a total of 167 seismic shocks occurred in Tuva in the period from December 27, 2011 when the first major earthquake was registered with a magnitude of up to 9 points in the epicentre, to 08:00, local time (04:00 MSK) on February 29, 2012.
On February 26, an earthquake measuring about 8.5 points on the MSK-64 scale was registered in the Kaa-Khem district of Tuva, 51 kilometres northeast of the Saryg-Sep settlement. The quake intensity in Kyzyl reached 5.5 points.
A state of emergency was introduced in the republic by the decision of the Tuva government’s emergencies commission.
After the February earthquake, dozens of temporary accommodation centres for the population were organised. During the first night after the quake the centres provided shelter to 500 to 700 people.
The examination and preparation of acts of damage to socially important facilities continues in the republic’s populated localities, and visitation of all households is carried out with questioning of people about destruction of dwelling houses.
The EMERCOM main department for Tuva opened two telephone hotlines: 8 (39422) 9-99-99 and 8 (39422) 2-64-24 on which EMERCOM psychologists and specialists of the republic’s Sayzyral crisis centre are working. The Tuva Republic’s Housing Maintenance and Utilities Agency also opened the telephone hotline: 8 (39422) 2-44-11 for citizens’ calls with questions about damage inflicted on their houses by the quake.