Friday 29 September 2017

Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake in the Jizzax Region of Uzbeckistan.

The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake at a depth of 20.0 km in the Jizzakh Region of Uzbeckistan, close to the border with Tajikistan, slightly before 6.50 pm local time (slightly before 1.50 pm GMT) on Friday 29 September 2017. There are no reports of any damage ot casualties associated with this event, but it was felt in Tashkent and Dushanbe.

The approximate location of the 29 September 2017 Jizzakh Earthquake. USGS.

The Jizzakh Region lies to the north of the boundary between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which runs through northern Afghanistan. The Indian Plate is moving northward relative to the Eurasian Plate, causing folding and uplift along this boundary, which has led to the formation of the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, The Pamirs in Tajikistan, the Himalayas and the other mountain ranges of Central Asia., and which makes the nations in this boundary zone prone to Earthquakes.

Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organisation Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.

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