A strong earthquake shook parts of Central Asia on March 23, 2023. The quake had a magnitude of 5.9 and was centered on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border, about 51 km (32 miles) north-northwest of Novobod, Tajikistan. The tremor occurred at a shallow depth of about 5 km (2 miles) and was felt in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as well.
According to local authorities, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake. However, they warned that some buildings and infrastructure may have been affected by the shaking, especially in remote areas. They also advised people to be prepared for possible aftershocks that could occur over the next few days.
The earthquake was caused by tectonic movements along the Zeravshan Range, a mountain chain that runs through Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This region is prone to seismic activity due to its location near several major fault lines.
Earthquakes are common in Central Asia, where many people live in poorly constructed buildings that are vulnerable to collapse. In 2008, a 6.6 magnitude quake killed at least 72 people and injured hundreds more in Kyrgyzstan. In 2015, a 7.2 magnitude quake killed three people and damaged thousands of homes in Tajikistan.