The country of Tajikistan is located in the Asia–India continental collision zone where the northward‐moving Indian plate indents the Eurasian plate (Molnar and Tapponnier, 1975). The Asian lithosphere being impinged upon by the shallow northward underthrusting Indian lithosphere has resulted in high‐mountain topography, which is subject to active deformation and contemporary faulting, and, consequentially, frequent earthquakes (e.g., Gubin, 1960; Burtman and Molnar, 1993). According to the Global Seismic Hazard Map (Giardini, 1999), almost the entire country exhibits a high‐hazard level with intensities of VIII–IX for a 5% exceedance in 50 years. Most of the...

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