Alert – Earthquake, eastern Tajikistan

Event:  Earthquake, eastern Tajikistan (February 23, 2023)

Eastern Tajikistan experienced a powerful earthquake this morning at approximately 5:30 a.m. west of Murghab, followed by several less-severe aftershocks.  News reports and information from contacts in the area indicate no injuries or significant damage.

All inquiries regarding U.S. citizens impacted by the earthquake should be directed to the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe at

Actions to Take:

  • Individuals in need of immediate emergency assistance should contact the Tajik Committee for Emergency Situations using one of the following phone numbers (83522) 2-40-57 or (83522) 2-53-47.
  • We suggest all U.S. citizens do not enter buildings that might have sustained damage until Tajik authorities deem them safe.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the information available at Crisis Abroad: Be Ready.
  • In the event of an earthquake or aftershock, take the following steps:
    • When you begin to feel an earthquake, DUCK under a sturdy piece of furniture like a desk or table. Stay away from windows, bookcases, pictures and mirrors, hanging plants and other heavy objects that may fall. Be aware of falling materials such as plaster, ceiling tiles and bricks that may come loose during the quake. Stay under COVER until the shaking stops. HOLD on to the desk or table that you are under and if it moves, move with it.