On July 10 2021, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck 20 km southeast of the Rasht Valley in Tajikistan.[3]

2021 Rasht earthquake
2021 Rasht earthquake is located in Tajikistan
2021 Rasht earthquake
UTC time2021-07-10 02:14:43
ISC event620787256
Local dateJuly 10, 2021 (2021-07-10)
Local time07:14 TJT (UTC+5)
Magnitude5.7 Mw
Depth11.8 km (7.3 mi)
Epicenter38°55′01″N 70°33′14″E / 38.917°N 70.554°E / 38.917; 70.554
Areas affectedTajikistan
Max. intensityMMI VII (Very strong)
Aftershocks23 (As of July 29 2021)[1]
Strongest is Mw 5.0[2]
Casualties5 dead
30 injured

Tectonic setting


Tajikistan lies within the complex zone of collision between the Indian Plate and the Eurasian Plate. The dominant structures in this area are a combination of thrust faults and sinistral (left lateral) strike-slip faults. [4][5]



The earthquake occurred at 07:14 am local time on July 10, 2021, and was located 165 km (103 mi) northwest of the capital Dushanbe.[6] It was followed by 20 aftershocks.[1] The earthquake struck at the 72nd anniversary of the 1949 Khait earthquake.[7]



Five people were killed.[8] The victims were a 70-year old mother and four children between the ages of 6 and 12 who died in Tajikabad District. 30 people were also injured, and 5,560 people were displaced.[9][7] Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, including 300 in Langarisho jamoat, seven in Hijborak, and 12 in Ashkalon.[10]

Other events


A deep 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Gorno-Badakhshan region near the border with Xinjiang, China on February 12, 2021.[11] In the Kashmir region of Pakistan, a woman fell and died while she was in a panic, and several others were injured.[12]

See also



  1. ^ a b "USGS earthquake catalog". United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "M 5.0 - 97 km NW of Murghob, Tajikistan". United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "M 5.7 - 20 km SE of Rasht, Tajikistan". United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ Schurr B.; Ratschbacher L.; Sippl C.; Gloaguen R.; Yuan X.; Mechie J. (2014). "Seismotectonics of the Pamir". Tectonics. 33 (8): 1501–1518. Bibcode:2014Tecto..33.1501S. doi:10.1002/2014TC003576. hdl:1885/57658. S2CID 56279581.
  5. ^ Sangha S.; Peltzer G.; Zhang A.; Meng L.; Liang C.; Lundgren P.; Fielding E. (2017). "Fault geometry of 2015, Mw7.2 Murghab, Tajikistan earthquake controls rupture propagation: Insights from InSAR and seismological data". Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 462: 132–141. Bibcode:2017E&PSL.462..132S. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2017.01.018.
  6. ^ "Tajikistan earthquake kills five people". Reuters. 10 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Субҳи имрӯз ва 72 соли пеш..." [This morning and 72 years ago...]. khf.tj (in Tajik). 2021-07-10.
  8. ^ Ali, Mohammad (July 10, 2021). "Five People Died In Earthquake In Tajikistan - Emergencies Committee". Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Urdu Point. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "IFRC Go". go.ifrc.org. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "Землетрясение в Таджикистане: пять человек погибли, сотни домов повреждены. ФОТО" [Earthquake in Tajikistan: five people were killed, hundreds of houses were damaged. A PHOTO] (in Russian). Radio Ozodi. July 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "M 5.9 - 37 km W of Murghob, Tajikistan". earthquake.usgs.gov. Archived from the original on 2021-02-12. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  12. ^ "Haripur woman killed as 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocks Pakistan". geo.tv. Archived from the original on 2021-02-13. Retrieved February 13, 2021.