A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Tajikistan

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Tajikistan. (EFE/Rolex della Pena)

Strong earthquake It shook 6.8 degrees east of Tajikistan on Thursdayreported by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Movement was felt at 05:37 local time (00:37 GMT) and The epicenter was at a depth of about 20.5 kmUSGS added.

According to the first reports, the epicenter appears to be located at Upper BadakhshanIt is a semi-autonomous eastern province bordering Afghanistan and China.

I felt an aftershock of magnitude 5.0 in the area about 20 minutes after the initial earthquake.

The sparsely populated region borders the Pamir mountain range. The USGS expected “little to no landslides” from the earthquake.

The Republic of Tajikistan is a landlocked sovereign state located in Central Asia.

The area is also home to Sarees Lake. This aquamarine body of water, It was formed as a result of an earthquake in 1911It is one of the largest lakes in Tajikistan.

Behind Lake Sarez there is a natural dam in the depths of the Pamir Mountains, and Experts have warned that the consequences would be catastrophic if it were broken.

Earlier this month, nine people were killed in an avalanche on February 15 in Gorno-Badakhshan, while another person died on the same day in an avalanche on a highway near the capital, Dushanbe.

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake recorded in October 2015 killed 400 people in the country, and is one of the most powerful earthquakes to occur in the Asian country.

The sparsely populated region borders the Pamir mountain range.

Tajikistan – like the rest of Central Asia – is highly prone to natural disasters and has a long history of floods, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches and heavy snowfall.

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Officials from Taxkorgan Prefecture, in western China, reported that this phenomenon was also being felt in the area.

news agency shenhua She reported that the tremor “felt very strong”. Officials confirmed that they had not received reports of injuries or material damage at this time.

Likewise, electricity supply in the area remains “normal,” local authorities reported.

Several towns under the municipality of Kashgar, in western China’s Xinjiang region, lie within a radius of 300 km from the epicenter.

At the beginning of February, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6, the epicenter of which was in southern Turkey, rocked the region, leaving a wave of destruction and devastation. More than 45,000 deaths between Turkey and Syria.

Telluric movement It was also felt by several neighboring countries in the region.

South last week Turkey was again the epicenter Leaving new buildings damaged, six were killed and at least 300 injured.

(With information from AFP and Europa Press)

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