An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter Scale was felt in Jammu and Kashmir early on Thursday. No loss of life or property has been reported so far.

Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Department said the tremors were felt at 2.28 am. The epicentre was in Jammu and Kashmir region, Lotus added.

“A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale with epicentre in Jammu and Kashmir region occurred at 2.28 a.m. today. The coordinates of the quake were latitude 36.0 degrees north and longitude 74.3 degrees east,” a Met department official said.

Kashmir is situated in a highly sensitive seismological region and temblors have caused damage here in the past.

More than 80,000 people died in a massive earthquake that hit both India and Pakistan administered parts of Kashmir on October 8, 2005.

The magnitude of 2005 temblor was 7.6 on the Richter Scale.

Recently, a study by National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said that Srinagar is among 29 Indian cities highly vulnerable to earthquakes.

The NCS, which records earthquakes and carries out studies, comes under the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

(With IANS inputs)

First Published | 24 August 2017 8:19 AM
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