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6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Eastern Tajikistan


Kabul: A 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in a remote part of Tajikistan early Thursday near China’s far western Xinjiang region, Chinese state television CCTV reported on Thursday, citing the China Earthquake Networks Center.

It was 67 kilometers (41 miles) west of Murghob, Tajikistan, and 20 kilometers (12 miles) below ground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mughrob is the district capital with a population of a few thousand people high in the Pamir Mountains.

The quake was strongly felt across the border in some areas of Kashgar prefecture and Kizilsu Kyrgyz autonomous prefecture in Xinjiang, but no casualties or damage has been reported so far, state media CCTV said, citing local information officers.

Its epicentre appeared to be in Gorno-Badakhshan, a semi-autonomous eastern region that borders Afghanistan and China.

The sparsely populated territory is surrounded by the towering Pamir Mountains.

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