Moderate earthquake jolts North India
New Delhi: A moderate earthquake measuring 6.00 on the Richter scale was felt in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. The tremors were felt in Pooch, Srinagar and Jammu areas of the state. The state of J&K lies in earthquake prone zone, as per experts.
As per initial reports, the tremors were felt in other parts of North India as well like Punjab and Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. In HP, Shimla, Chamba and Dalhousie felt the tremors. Some parts of Pakistan including Islamabad, Lahore, Gilgit and Peshawar was also affected. Afghanistan too felt the shocks of the earthquake.
The earthquake lasted for about 5 to 6 seconds. The Hindukush mountain range in Pakistan-Afghanistan border is believed to be epicentre of the quake. This is said to be the sixth earthquake of the same intensity in the region since September 2010.
No damage to life and property has been reported so far. Some structures are reported to have developed cracks. People on feeling the earthquake immediately rushed out of their houses in the valley.
According to experts, there may be aftershocks but they may not be of high intensity.