7.2M Earthquake Shakes Tajikistan
A 7.2M earthquake struck Tajikistan on December 7, affecting more than 14 villages in five districts (ECHO). According to reports, the epicenter of the quake was 65 miles southwest of Karakul, in the sparsely populated Murghob District (Reuters, USGS). As of December 9, the number of people impacted by the earthquake has yet to be confirmed, as geographic complexities, rock falls, and unfavorable weather conditions have impeded access to the affected communities, though an estimated 124,500 people live in the five affected districts (REACT Situation Update #3).
Initial assessments indicate that (as of December 8), at least 835 houses have been destroyed or partially damaged, as well as 22 schools, 4 medical “points,” and a hydropower station (REACT Situation Update #3). It is also estimated that 500 families are in need of food support, though it is likely that the number will increase as disaster-affected communities are reached.
RVA Country Profile: Tajikistan
This Week in Hazards
- According to precipitation measurements, over the past week, the “Pineapple Express”(a strong atmospheric river that moves moisture from areas near Hawaii to the west coast of the U.S.) has brought extreme rainfall to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, with many areas from northern California through the state of Washington receiving more than 6.3 inches of rain (NASA). Severe weather across the region has been experienced since the start of this week, with widespread flooding triggering mudslides and sinkholes (Reuters). As of December 10, the media reports that at least 63,000 residents in Oregon and Washington are without electricity (Reuters).
- The Southern Indian Ocean saw the formation of Tropical Cyclone 05S on December 9 (NASA). As of December 10 (2100 UTC), the tropical storm is located approximately 542 nautical miles south-southwest of Diego Garcia (JTWC Warning #2). TC 05S is expected to weaken over the next few days as it passes to the east of Mauritius and La Reunion, though the outer island of Rodrigues may experience effects as the cyclone passes (NASA, MetService).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: India, Scotland, England, United States (Texas, Arkansas, Washington, Oregon)
Avalanche: United States (Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Washington, Oregon), Canada (British Columbia)
Winter Storm: United States (California, Idaho)
Earthquake: Indonesia, Tajikistan
Drought: Pacific Islands, India, Puerto Rico, United States (Western)
Biomedical: West Africa
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