Tajikistan Struck by 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake As Strong Shaking Felt in China

Tajikistan Struck by 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake As Strong Shaking Felt in China

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Tajikistan on Thursday morning, with tremors strongly shaking parts of neighboring China.

The epicenter was monitored at 37.98 degrees north latitude and 73.29 degrees east longitude, at a depth of 10 km, the CENC said.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center and state-run Chinese media CCTV, the earthquake struck at a depth of 6 miles at 8:37 a.m. local time.

The epicenter was located nearly 82km from the nearest border with China and was felt across the Xinjiang region, including Kashgar and Artux.

The epicenter appeared to be in Gorno-Badakhshan, a semi-autonomous and sparsely populated eastern region dominated by the towering Pamir Mountains.

So far there have been no reports of injuries or casualties.

The region was hit by two aftershocks of magnitude 5 and 4.6 about 20 minutes after the initial jolt.

The USGS estimated that “little or no population” would be exposed to landslides from the quake.

Power supply and communication remained normal in Kashgar, while the Xinjiang railroad department called a halt to passenger trains running on the Aksu to Kashgar section, China state news agency Xinhua reported.

Local authorities in China said they were inspecting bridges, tunnels and signal equipment.

Tajikistan, a landlocked central Asian country, is highly prone to natural disasters and has a history of earthquakes and avalanches. At least nine people died in February in an avalanche in the Gorno-Badakhshan region, while a person was killed in a separate avalanche near the capital Dushanbe.

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