As a result of the earthquake in the Tajik Pamir on Monday, December 7, destroyed about 500 homes, reports TASS with reference to the press service of the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. One person who fell under the rockfall, was killed and several dozen injured.
According to the revised data, the earthquake of magnitude 7.2 occurred on Monday morning on the territory of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous region of Tajikistan. Emomali Rahmon urgently sent to the disaster area government Commission. The President also expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased and the injured and instructed as soon as possible to provide homeless people with housing, clothing and food and to eliminate the effects of the elements.
According to the head of the geophysical service of the Tajik Academy of Sciences Negmatullaeva Sabit, one day after the devastating earthquake in the same area occurred 10 aftershocks with magnitudes from 5.5 to 4.6. According to him, currently the staff of the geophysical service have been monitoring the situation.
Negmatullaev noted that the first and subsequent earthquakes occurred in 22 km from the Alpine lake Sarez, and stated that the situation in the area of lake “quiet and while not a cause of concern”.
Alpine lake Sarez was formed in 1911 as a result of the devastating earthquake that caused the collapse of rocks and damming of the river Murgab. According to some scientists, a major earthquake in this area there are a powerful stream of water spill over the dam and, first, will create a powerful mudflow, and secondly, will be applied to the body of the dam. In the case of natural dam failure will be followed by draining of the lake, causing a huge debris flows intensity and duration. In the end, the flooding of exposed areas down to the lower reaches of the Amu Darya, which will cause the destruction of many settlements and industrial objects on the territory of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In a potentially hazardous area has a population of about 6 million people.