Today morning i.e. 5:37 am on February 23, 2023 (Thursday), an earthquake of a 6.8 magnitude severely shook Eastern Tajikistan as detected by the US Geological Survey. The Earth tremor was reportedly around 5:37 am local time at a depth of nearly 20.5 kilometres.
As per the official information, the epicentre emerged to be in Gorno-Badakhshan which is known as the semi-autonomous eastern region that borders Afghanistan and China. Also, AFP reports claim that this area is about 67 kilometres from the small mountain town of Murghob.
An aftershock of about 5.0 magnitude struck the area which happened almost 20 minutes after the initial quake, followed by a 4.6-magnitude quake. This quake has resulted in tremors across various regions covering China and Tajikistan.
This earthquake was actively felt in several countries like Tajikistan, Pakistan, China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Acute damages were caused as an aftermath of the Tajikistan earthquake of 6.8 magnitudes. The U.S. Geological Survey stated that it occurred 67 km west of Murghob, Tajikistan and 20 km deep.
After the 6.8 earthquakes on the Afghanistan-China border, Tajikistan faced another massive attack of the earthquake. This time, the situation becomes more alarming as it is of a higher magnitude. The Richter Scale measures an earthquake of approximately 7.2 magnitudes which came at 8:37 am (0037 GMT or 6:07 IST).
It was observed that the epicentre was nearly 82 km from the nearest China border. Strongly hit areas include China’s western Xinjiang region such as Kashgar and Artux, as recorded in the CCTV Cameras.
The official agency estimated that much population is not exposed to landslides from the earthquake. Moreover, the territory is surrounded by the towering Pamir Mountains and is home to Lake Sarez.
The aquamarine-coloured body of water was initially formed as a result of an earthquake that occurred in the year 1911 and this Lake Sarez is among Tajikistan's largest lakes. Behind Lake Sarez, a natural dam deep in the Pamir mountains is located and experts have already released warnings against the catastrophic consequences in case the dam gets ruptured.