Several strong earthquakes shook the territory of Tajikistan on Thursday morning with tremors also being felt in regions of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
The first earthquake of about 6.8 magnitude was reported at 5:37 AM local time with the epicentre located in the Gorno-Badakhshan region southeast of the country’s capital Dushanbe.
Initial reports suggested that the earthquake did not cause any loss of life or other damage. China’s Earthquake Networks Centre meanwhile said that some shocks measured 7.2 on the Richter Scale.
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Un #séisme de magnitude 7.2 a frappé le #Tajikistan cette matinée pic.twitter.com/03sbwmypnE
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The famous Lake Sarez is also located in the area which is close to China’s far-western Xinjiang region.
Tajik experts reckon that in case of Sarez water breach, not only residents of Badakhshan villages of Tajikistan, but also residents of other downstream countries of Central Asia will face danger.
Following #Syria & #Turkey, now #Tajikistan has hit by a powerful #Earthquake of magnitude 7.2.
First Covid-19, then Euphrates river drying up, now these continuous earthquakes one after the other?
Is this ringing a bell for upcoming strange circumstances? pic.twitter.com/NiUhKRfzYy
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