Friday, December 1, 2023

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Strikes Tajikistan, Near Border with China

An earthquake of about 7.2 magnitude shook Tajikistan at 8:37am (0037 GMT) on Thursday at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). This earthquake was also felt in China and other nearby nations.

According to CCTV, the earthquake’s epicentre, which is 82 kilometres from the closest Chinese border, was felt powerfully in various parts of China’s western Xinjiang region, including Kashgar and Artux. There were no casualty reports.

According to state media Xinhua, communication and power supplies in Kashgar were unaffected. According to official media, the Xinjiang railroad agency stopped all passenger trains on the Southern Xinjiang railway’s Aksu to Kashgar segment. Local officials were evaluating bridges, tunnels, and signal systems.

The devastating avalanches earlier this month that hit the mountainous Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous area preceded the earthquake that occurred there. It has a sizable lake, Sarez, despite being little populated, and if it were to become disturbed, it could flood a sizable region covering multiple nations.

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