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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake hits Tajikistan

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Baku, December 7, AZERTAC

An earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude struck 109 km west of Murghob in Tajikistan on Monday (Dec 7), shaking buildings as far away as the Indian capital of New Delhi and in Pakistan, the US Geological Survey and witnesses said.

A spokesman for Tajikistan's Emergencies Committee said it had no information so far on any casualties or damage from the quake.

The quake did not affect Russian military bases in Tajikistan, RIA news agency reported, citing Russia's defence ministry.

According to the USGS, the epicentre was located in a remote area some 345 km east of the capital Dushanbe.

A Dushanbe resident told Reuters by telephone the quake had been felt in the capital, but described it as moderate.

The quake was also felt in the capital of neighbouring Kyrgyzstan to the north, northern parts of Afghanistan to the south as well as nearby Pakistan.

"I felt the windows moving and that only happens when there's an earthquake. The room was swinging," said Sara Seerat, a lawyer in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, where workers voluntarily evacuated office buildings.

Indian television showed residents in Delhi and Srinagar rushing into the streets.

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