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Earthquake Hits Eastern Tajikstan

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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Tajikistan at a depth of about 20.5 km on Thursday.

The US Geological Survey estimated that little or no population will be exposed to landslides from the quake, adding that a 5.0-magnitude aftershock hit the area about 20 minutes after the initial quake.

It revealed that its epicenter appeared to be in a semi-autonomous eastern region that borders Afghanistan and China.

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

Written by: Helen Obih

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