New Delhi: An earthquake of a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale hit parts of Jammu and Kashmir, news agency ANI reported on Monday. The tremors, according to the reports, were felt at around 8:13 p.m. No damage or casualty has been reported so far. More details are awaited.
On October 19, a mild earthquake of a magnitude of 5.2 struck Jammu and Kashmir. Sonam Lotus, Director of the MET Department, had said, “The coordinates of the quake were latitude 38.4 degrees north and longitude 73.8 degrees east. The epicentre was in Tajikistan-Xinjiang region.”
In September, two low-intensity earthquakes of magnitude 4.6 and 3.1 struck Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana’s Jhajjar respectively. No damage or casualties were reported. A 4.6-magnitude earthquake had struck Jammu and Kashmir at 5.15 am while another quake of the magnitude of 3.1 on Richter scale hit Haryana’s Jhajjar at 5.43 am.
In October 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 degrees on the Richter scale killed over 80,000 people in divided Kashmir.