6.8-magnitude earthquake jolts Tajikistan

Published February 23rd, 2023 - 01:17 GMT

ALBAWABA - The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Tajikistan on Thursday morning.

According to the USGS, the earthquake shook eastern Tajikistan at around 5:37 a.m. local time (0037 GMT) at a depth of about 20.5 kilometers (12.7 miles).

Sources said that a 5.0-magnitude aftershock hit the country less than an hour after the first earthquake.

However, "little or no population" will be exposed to landslides from the quake, the USGS estimated.

The quake in Tajikistan comes after multiple earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria killing and injuring tens of thousands of people and destroying many buildings.

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