Five dead after earthquake strikes eastern Tajikistan

Five dead after earthquake strikes eastern Tajikistan
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A 5.9 magnitude earthquake which struck eastern Tajikistan early on Sunday killed at least 5 people, Tajik authorities said.
Tremors from the quake, which destroyed dozens of homes in Tojikobod, could be felt in the capital Dushanbe, 165 kilometres southwest of the epicentre [Getty - file photo]

An earthquake struck eastern Tajikistan on Saturday morning, killing at least five people, according to authorities in the mountainous Central Asian country.

Tremors from the 5.9 magnitude quake could be felt in the capital of Dushanbe, 165 kilometres (100 miles) southwest of the epicentre.

"Dozens of houses were destroyed," the Tajik committee for emergency situations said.

"Power lines were also partly damaged" in three villages in the district of Tojikobod, where all the victims lived.

The quake struck at 7:14 am (0214 GMT) and at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the committee and state news agency Khovar.

Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon has ordered a commission of enquiry headed by the prime minister, Russian media reported.

Tajikistan, bordering Afghanistan, is frequently hit by earthquakes.