A powerful earthquake of approximately 7.2 magnitudes struck Tajikistan on Thursday at 8:37 am (0037 GMT), according to a report from China Earthquake Networks Center.
The quake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). The epicenter was located approximately 82 km away from China’s nearest border
7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Tajikistan and China’s Border
However, this earthquake caused strong tremors in certain regions of China’s western Xinjiang area, including Kashgar and Artux. This information was reported by Chinese state television CCTV.
According to a report from state media Xinhua, there were no disruptions to the power supply and communication in Kashgar.
But the Xinjiang railroad department stopped passenger trains from running on the Aksu to Kashgar route of the Southern Xinjiang railway.
Additionally, CCTV reported that local officials were carrying out inspections on bridges, tunnels, and signal equipment.
Lake Sarez is positioned within the thinly populated place, which is surrounded by the imposing Pamir Mountains.
One of Tajikistan’s biggest lakes, the aquamarine-colored waterway was created by an earthquake in 1911.
Experts have forewarned that if a natural dam in the Pamir mountains behind Lake Sarez were to be destroyed, then the results would be devastating.
Tajikistan is extremely susceptible to natural calamities and has a long tradition of floods, earthquakes, collapses, avalanches, and heavy snowfalls. Moreover, this is true for much of the region of Central Asia as well.
Nine people succumbed in an avalanche on February 15 in Gorno-Badakhshan earlier in the month. Additionally, another person died in an avalanche on a highway close to the city of Dushanbe the same day.
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