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Earthquake Destroys Dozens Of Homes In Tajikistan

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

Dozens of homes have been destroyed by an earthquake in Tajikistan, although no injuries or deaths have been reported.

Tajikistan's state emergencies committee said the 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck in the remote Rasht region, located 200 kilometers from the capital, Dushanbe, on July 1.

Authorities in Rasht said a full assessment of the damage is still being carried out.

The mountainous Central Asian nation is prone to regular natural disasters, including landslides and earthquakes.

Last week in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, a stronger quake of 6.7 magnitude struck close to the countries' shared border, according to the Kyrgyz Emergency Services Ministry, but did not cause damage or casualties.

With reporting by AFP
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