April 26 marks the 57th anniversary of the 1966 Tashkent earthquake with a moment magnitude of 5.2. The epicenter was in central Tashkent, up to 8 kilometers deep. Reportedly, the quake was caused by the movement of the Kokcha River fault, which runs through the region. The tremors were felt across a large area of Central Asia, with cities as far away as Moscow and Tehran reporting the effects.
The earthquake had a significant impact on Tashkent's architecture and urban planning. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged beyond repair, leading to a large-scale reconstruction effort to modernize the city and make it more resistant to future earthquakes.
The government responded quickly to the disaster, mobilizing military and civilian resources to assist those affected. Emergency shelters were set up, and aid was provided to help people rebuild their homes and businesses.
Today, the Tashkent earthquake is remembered as one of Uzbekistan's most significant natural disasters. It serves as a reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness and the need for solid infrastructure to withstand seismic activity.