Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake kills two in Tajikistan.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake at a depth of 30 km about 50 km in the Pamir Mountains of eastern Tajikistan, slightly after 12.50 pm local time (slightly after 7.50 am GMT) on Monday 7 December 2015.Two people have reportedly died following the event, both as the result of rockfalls striking cars; in one of these incidents three other people in the vehicle were injured. Ten further people were injured in a separate landslide, one of a number that occurred across the region, blocking roads and demolishing buildings; around 237 houses were destroyed in the event and a further 205 damaged. People have reported feeling the quake as far away as New Delhi in India. The initial quake has been followed by a number of aftershocks.

Building damaged by the 7 December 2015 Tajikistan Earthquake. Ozogadon.

The Pamir Mountains lie to the north of the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which runs through northern Afghanistan. The Indian Plate is moving northward relative to the Eurasian Plate, causing folding and uplift along this boundary, which has led to the formation of the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, The Pamirs in Tajikistan, the Himalayas and the other mountain ranges of Central Asia., and which makes the nations in this boundary zone prone to Earthquakes.

 The approximate location of the 7 December 2015 Tajikistan Earthquake.Google Maps.

Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organization Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
 
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