Unstable uranium tailings dams in Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan pose nuclear threat to millions

Unstable uranium tailings dams in Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan pose nuclear threat to millions

Recent studies have exposed a critical risk in Kyrgyzstan, where unstable dams holding approximately 700 000 cubic meters (918 000 cubic yards) of uranium mine tailings threaten to unleash a large-scale nuclear disaster on the Fergana Valley, potentially displacing millions and rendering the region uninhabitable.

Fatal landslides and widespread flooding strike Kyrgyzstan amid heavy rainfall

Fatal landslides and widespread flooding strike Kyrgyzstan amid heavy rainfall

Since April 20, 2024, severe weather conditions have triggered numerous landslides and floods across Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Talas regions in Kyrgyzstan, resulting in at least one fatality and the evacuation of hundreds. The government has declared emergency situations in several affected areas.

Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan-China border region

Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan-China border region

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit the Kyrgyzstan – Xinjiang border region at 18:09 UTC on January 22, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 13 km (8 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles).

Bright fireball lights up night sky over Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Bright fireball lights up night sky over Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

A brilliant fireball streaked across Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, leaving witnesses in awe as the meteor turned the night sky into a day. Authorities and experts said they will provide more information after the analysis. Footage of the event…

Large mudflow causes severe damage in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan

Large mudflow causes severe damage in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan

Heavy rains triggered a large mudflow in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan on May 2, 2020, damaging homes, roads, and gardens. A state of emergency has been declared for the town, as well as other areas in the southern region. The Ministry of Emergency Situations reported major…

Massive landslide in Osh region, Kyrgyzstan

Massive landslide in Osh region, Kyrgyzstan

A massive landslide with the volume of 2.8 million m3 (98.8 million ft3) hit the Kurbu-Tash village on April 24, 2017, damaging 84.8 hectares (209 acres) of agricultural land. As of May 13, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said, there are 56…

Landslide buries 24 in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, warnings ignored

Landslide buries 24 in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, warnings ignored

24 people were killed after a landslide tore through a part of a village in southwestern Kyrgyzstan early Saturday, April 29, 2017. According to local authorities, residents ignored official warnings. The slide hit the village of Ayu in the Uzgen District of Osh…

Very strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan

Very strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) as M6.7 hit Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-China border region at 11:17 UTC on June 26, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of…

Deadly mudflow hits the town of Kadamjay, southern Kyrgyzstan

Deadly mudflow hits the town of Kadamjay, southern Kyrgyzstan

A deadly mudflow has hit the town of Kadamjay, Kadamjay District of Batken Region, southern Kyrgyzstan on May 27, 2016, claiming lives of at least 5 people. Several people are reportedly missing. Torrential rainfall was affecting the entire Kyrgyzstan, and…