A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Murgab district in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) early Thursday, at 5:37 am. 

According to the U.S. Geology Survey, it was 67 kilometers west of Murgab’s administrative center and 20 kilometers below ground.

Some residents of GBAO’s Shugnan district say the quake’s epicenter was in the Alichur area of Murgab district. 

The seismic activity was strongly felt in other districts of the GBAO and GBAO’s capital, Khorog.  

It is to be noted that weak but long earthquake could be felt in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, as well.  

Chinese central television CCTV, citing the China Earthquake Networks Center, reported that an earthquake of about 7.2 magnitude shook Tajikistan early Thursday at a depth of 10 kilometers. 

Specialists say measurements by different agencies often differ.

According to CCTV, the quake could be felt across the border in some areas of Kashgar prefecture and Kizilsu Kyrgyz autonomous prefecture in Xinjiang, but no casualties or damage has been reported so far.

Meanwhile, Umeda Yusufi, a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Committee under the Government of Tajikistan, says a tremor measuring 3.0-4.0 on a 12-point scale happened in GBAO’s Vanj district today early morning. 

No damage or injured was reported according to her.