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Central Asia is a region vulnerable to many natural hazards, of which earthquakes are one of the most catastrophic ones. Historically, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have been devastated by a number of earthquakes that caused huge economic and human losses.
On 8 December 2013, the Inmarsat-5F1 (I-5 F1) telecommunications satellite of the British Inmarsat global mobile operator was launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 12:12 GMT by the International Launch Services (ILS) Proton-M main booster.
According to the Government of Kazakhstan forest fires have killed five people in northern Kazakhstan, more than 260 villagers had been evacuated. It is said that fires have already spread into some parts of Russia where a total of 334 houses have burnt down in the Altai region, leaving about 1,000 people homeless.