The constant movement of the earth's surface is felt strongly in the republic of Tadjikistan, in Soviet Central Asia.
GVs, SVs TRACKING Snow-covered mountains, with river, vehicles drive through snow. (5 SHOTS)
SVs Children, accompanied by their mothers, walk to school. (4 SHOTS)
SV PAN School wall with large crack.
SV & GV INTERIOR PAN Debris scattered on school floors. (2 SHOTS)
GV Damaged buildings.
SV Man pulls plaster off walls as officials watch. (2 SHOTS)
SV Building workers clear away rubble. (3 SHOTS)
SVs, SCU PULL BACK TO SV Villagers talk as repair work starts. (3 SHOTS)
GVs & SV Pedestrians trudge through snow, with damaged buildings in background. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: The constant movement of the earth's surface is felt strongly in the republic of Tadjikistan, in Soviet Central Asia. Nearly all the province is made up of mountains and their constant movement is the cause of earthquakes. This year there have been two major disturbances. The first on February 27 registered seven on the Soviet scale, where the top is twelve. The second on March 6 registered four. In both cases the focal point of the earth's movement was near the village of Garm, high up in the mountains and 180 kilometres (111 miles) from the capital of the republic, Dushanbe. The February earthquake damaged houses, public buildings and farms, but no one was killed. Repairs began soon after the disaster and aid was given to the local people by the provincial government. The rebuilding programme includes construction of buildings that will withstand further earthquakes.