Constructors set off kiloton-strong blast
The explosion is part of the construction plan for the new Kambarata-2 hydro power plant in the area.
The blast was equivalent to 2.5 kilotons of TNT, an effect comparable to a disastrous earthquake. The whole area was cordoned off and thousands of people temporarily relocated.
Kyrgyzstan’s leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was watching the operation, said that was a historic event for the country.
The dam, which has been in construction since the 1980s, is expected to generate its first megawatts in 2010.