Jammu/Srinagar: An earthquake of 5.8 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, forcing panicky residents in various cities and towns to run out of their homes onto the streets.
“The quake at 1.34 a.m. today (Wednesday) had its epicentre in the Hindukush mountains in Afghanistan at a depth of 220 km,” local Meteorological Department director Sonum Lotus told IANS in Srinagar.
No loss of life or damage to property has so far been reported from anywhere in the state. Moderate intensity tremors have jolted Jammu and Kashmir in the last five months.
At the early hours of Wednesday, an earthquake was felt in Afghan capital of Kabul that also shook most parts of northern and northeastern parts of the country.
The quake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted 28 km south of Jarm, a district of northern Afghan Badakhshan province near the border with Tajikstan took place at 12.35 a.m. on Wednesday, according to US Geological Survey.
The epicentre, with a depth of 242.94 km, was initially determined to be at 36.6093 degrees north latitude and 70.886 degrees east longitude, it said.
There were no immediate reports of possible casualties or damages.