DUSHANBE: An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude has hit eastern Tajikistan on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake struck around 5.37 am local time at a depth of about 20.5 kilometres.

The epicentre appeared to be in Gorno-Badakhshan, a semi-autonomous eastern region that borders Afghanistan and China, about 67 kilometres from the small mountain town of Murghob, as per AFP reports.

A 5.0-magnitude aftershock hit the area about 20 minutes after the initial quake, followed by a 4.6-magnitude quake.

Screenshot of NCS data

The agency estimated that ‘little or no population’ would be exposed to landslides from the earthquake.

The territory is surrounded by the towering Pamir Mountains. — (AFP)

At least 7 quakes hit Tajikistan till the last report. (NCS)

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