ASTANA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua)-- A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the southeastern region of Kazakhstan at 22:38 Monday evening local time (16:38:53 GMT), according to the earthquake experimental group of the Scientific Committee of the country's Education and Science Ministry.
There has been no report of casualties at press time.
The epicenter was located 230 kilometers southeast of Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty, with a depth of about 10 km.
Residents in Almaty could feel buildings and windows shaking. Some ran out to escape to the open area. After the first strong quake, there have been several smaller aftershocks. No casualties have been reported.
Earlier, the U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.0 on the Richter scale.
Almaty is located in a seismically active zone.