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Earthquake in Tajikistan

Monday, 07 December 2015

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Tajikistan
Date of Charter Activation:
7 December 2015
Time of Charter Activation:
20:08:49
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN OCHA
Project Management:
UNITAR

Description of the event

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Tajikistan on 07 December, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the earthquake was 22km from the high altitude Lake Sarez, news stations are reporting rumblings could be felt as far away as New Delhi, and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

Initial reports are that 2 people have been killed by rockfall, with many more being injured. Over 500 homes are believed to be affected with many more people being displaced.

Weather conditions around the Pamir mountains are hampering initial relief efforts, as helicopters are unable to reach the remote areas.