5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts J&K

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Srinagar- An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, officials said.

There were no reports of damage due to the quake when this report was being filed at around midnight.

Tremors were felt around 7.01 pm, the officials said.

The earthquake was 5.3 in magnitude and its epicentre was at a depth of 10 kilometres in the Astore area of Gilgit Baltistan, they said.

Pertinently, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit Kashmir region on October 8, 2005 leaving behind a trail of destruction besides claiming tens of thousands of lives in both this part of Kashmir.

Kashmir comes under Seismic Zone V and is prone to earthquakes. Experts give varied reasons for earthquakes in J&K including various faults run through Kashmir and exploding of gases. Kashmir valley is vulnerable to disasters.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, most parts of Kashmir covering the districts of Srinagar, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Budgam, Anantnag and parts of Jammu region, Doda, Ramban, Kishtwar come under Seismic Zone V and are prone to earthquakes. The rest of the state comes under Seismic Zone IV.

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