Tremors prompt avalanche alert in Bhaderwah

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 14:58

Bhaderwah (J&K): An avalanche alert has been issued for people living in the Bhaderwah-Chamba border belt after tremors shook the valley in Doda district on Wednesday.

"We have alerted people living in the foothills of the Ashapati glacier and Chater-gala hills in the Bhaderwah-Chamba border belt after three tremors shook the valley," police said.

Over 10,000 inhabitants occupy the Thanhala belt in the foothills of the Ashapati glacier and the Chater-gala hills.

The tremors, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale, lasted between 12:27 pm and 12:34 pm with officials saying that the quake had its epicentre in the district`s New Thathri area.

The tremors prompted people to rush outside buildings and shops for safety.

Initial reports said that some six buildings, including two schools, have developed cracks as a result of the quake.

However, there were no immediate reports of any casualties, police said.

A quake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale had been felt in the afternoon yesterday in the valley and adjoining areas of Doda district.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 14:58

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