Strong quake jolts Valley

SRINAGAR: A strong earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, on Sunday struck the Hindukush mountain region in Afghanistan, ripples of which were felt in Pakistan, Kashmir and several parts of north India.
According to JL Gautam, Operations Head of National Centre for Seismology, “The earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale at a depth of 190 km hit Hindukush mountain region at 3:58 PM.”
“The duration of the quake was around 10-15 seconds,” he added.
Fear and panic spread among residents who rushed out of their houses.
So far there is no loss of human life in the Kashmir but reports of damage to property have poured in from Kupwara and Srinagar district of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the reports, several houses in Kupwara received minor cracks while few of them were damaged partially due to a moderate earthquake. House of Abdul Gani Mir of Trehgam, and Abdul Rashid Dar of Palhalan were damaged partially.
There are also reports of damage to a Kupwara’s Jamiat Ahlehadith Masjid and a house in Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area.
In India, tremors were felt in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana, besides New Delhi. And in Pakistan, two persons have died and four have been injured. Radio Pakistan reported that strong tremors were felt across Peshawar, Chitral, Swat, Gilgit, Faisalabad and Lahore.
In October last year, over 200 people were killed as a strong earthquake jolted Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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