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29 Jan 2020 | 04:45 AM UTC

Tajikistan: 5.3-magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Gharm (Republican Subordination districts) January 29

5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Gharm (Republican Subordination districts) on January 29; aftershocks possible over the near term



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.3-magnitude earthquake 29 km (47 mi) southeast of Gharm (Republican Subordination districts) at approximately 14:10 (local time) on Wednesday, January 29. The quake struck at a depth of 10 km (16 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or infrastructure damage.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.