A 5.7 Mw (Movement Magnitude) (http://www.emsc-csentordEarthquake/earthquake.php?id=266286) earthquake occurred on the night of May 13th, 2012 in the Rasht Valley, central Tajikistan. The earthquake affected the districts of Nurabad, Rasht and Tavildara, killing 1 and directly affecting an estimated 2,531 people - residents of the 113 destroyed and 231 damaged residential buildings. Housing damage information is from the Committee of Emergency Situations (CoES) and is subject to change as further assessments are in progress. The earthquake affected locations are located in a mountainous area of Tajikistan.
President Emomali Rahmon visited Rasht and Tavildara districts on May 16" to observe the impact of the earthquake and deliver instructions on response operations. Assessment and response operations coordination is ongoing by the locally established Commission for Emergency Situations on "Liquidating the Consequences of the Earthquake". Based on the latest information available, this Commission completed the assessment for Tavildaral district on May 21, and proceeded to assess Nurobod district."