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23 Jan 1989 description


UNDRO 89/0178

EARTHQUAKE IN TAJIKISTAN- USSR
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
23 JANUARY 1989

1. EARTHQUAKE OF MAGNITUDE 7 OF THE 12-POINT SOVIET SCALE (RICHTER MAGNITUDE 5.9) OCCURRED IN THE SOVIET REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN MONDAY 23 JANUARY 1989 AT 02:02 HRS A.M LOCAL TIME (23:02GMT). EPICENTER LOCATED IN VILLAGE OF SHAROR ON THE SOVIET-AFGHAN BORDER, SOME 50 KM SOUTHWEST OF THE REPUBLIC'S CAPITAL DUSHANBE.

2. NO PRECISE FIGURE OF CASUALTIES OR DAMAGE YET.