7.2-magnitude quake hits Tajikistan

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Dushanbe, December 8, AZERTAC

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, according to AFP.

The temblor, which hit in a sparsely populated area some 130 miles east of the Tajik capital of Dushanbe at 12:50 p.m. local time (2:50 a.m. ET), shook buildings in cities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, residents said.

A Dushanbe resident told Reuters via telephone the earthquake had been felt in the city but described it as moderate.

A spokesman for Tajikistan's Emergencies Committee told Reuters that authorities had no information so far on any casualties or damage from the quake.

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