- Chuya Basin
The Chuya Basin in the
Siberian Altai Mountainsis a depression formed by tectonicmovement of major faults in the Earths crust. The name 'Chuya Basin' comes from the large river which runs through the basin, the Chuya River.
Kosh-Agacis a major town in the north of the basin. Other large towns include Chaganuzunand Beltir.
The basin is filled with Cenozoic sediments, derived from the surrounding mountains of the Chuya Range.
In September 2003, a major earthquake occurred in the Chuya basin which caused regional devastation. Major movement considered to have occurred on the Chuya thrust fault caused this earthquake, of magnitude 7.3. The
USGSestimates that this caused $10.6 million damage.
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