An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, rendering 20,000 persons homeless, though there were no reports of casualties.

The quake took place yesterday and affected Rokh and Gishkoh hamlets in the Tajik Badakhshan

Some 20,000 people were left homeless by an earthquake which hit Tajikistan's mountainous GornoBadakhshan province, an official said.

The earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale took place on Saturday and affected two locations in the province's Vanchsky district in Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, a spokesman of the local administration said.

Lake Sarez was born nearly a century ago, when a mountainside in Tajikistan crumbled during a magnitude-7.4 earthquake. The 567-meter-high landslide blocked an alpine river, forming the world's tallest dam. Since then, the valley behind it has filled with 17 billion cubic meters of snow and glacier melt.

The third meeting of Pakistan-Tajikistan joint economic commission concluded here on Tuesday with the resolve to continue talks on all matters, including Casa-1,000 project which is meant to import electricity from Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

However, the project is still in the planning phase despite three years of discussion.

Four Central Asian countries called on Monday for international help from governments and business in clearing toxic nuclear waste left over from the Cold War when they formed part of the Soviet Union.

Unusually powerful mudslides have killed at least 18 people in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan this month, the emergencies ministry said on Tuesday.

Landslides happen every year in Tajikistan but they were stronger than usual this spring due to very heavy rainfall. That has added hardship to the mountainous nation of seven million already hit hard by the global economic downturn.

Different approaches to making the economic case for improved management of natural capital in national planning are reviewed in this report. In many low-income countries natural resources sectors (agriculture, mining, forestry, fishery, nature-based tourism) are identified as the engines of economic growth.

Two strong earthquakes' hit Asia, killing more than 100 people and causing widespread damage.

NUREK, Tajikistan: The inscription just above a tunnel at the foot of the colossal Nurek hydropower dam in south central Tajikistan is succinct: "Water Is Life." The frigid, frothing Vakhsh River rush

Thanks to the availability of satellite data archives covering more than a decade, Permanent Scatterer SAR Interferometry (PSInSAR) nowadays represents one of the most powerful techniques capable of retrieving surface displacements of either natural (rock outcrops) or man made objects (buildings, infrastructures) already present within the surveyed area, acting as permanent radar reflectors.

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