A magnitude-5.0 earthquake occurred in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, Tajikistan at around 09:20 TJT Feb. 28. The epicenter was about 59 km (43 miles) west of Murghob, Tajikistan. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout eastern and central Tajikistan, far northeastern Afghanistan, far northern Pakistan, far western China, and far southern Kyrgyzstan. There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake. Minor damage to unstable structures is possible near the epicenter. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Light aftershocks are likely over the coming days.
Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake’s epicenter.