Natural Disasters

Simultaneous quakes rock Kashmir

The first quake happened on February 5 while the second happened the day after

By DTE Staff
Published: Wednesday 06 February 2019
A seismograph. Credit: Getty Images A seismograph. Credit: Getty Images

The Kashmir Valley was rocked by an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 on the Richter Scale on the evening of February 5.

The earthquake struck at 10.17 pm and lasted several seconds. The epicentre of the quake was at a depth of 80 kilometres in northwestern Kashmir, 118 kilometres from Srinagar, tweeted the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Tremors were also felt across Northern India and Pakistan including the capitals of both countries, New Delhi and Islamabad.

So far, there have been no reports of any casualties or damages due to the quake, the report said.

In Pakistan, mild tremors were also felt in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, including the cities of Peshawar, Abbottabad, Haripur, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gilgit.

On February 6, the IMD tweeted about a second quake, this time of magnitude 4.4, that occurred at a depth of 50 km, the epicentre of which also lay in Northwestern Kashmir

Kashmiri personalities tweeted on February 5, when the first quake happened:

The year 2019 has seen a number of quakes in India. On January 20, four tremors hit Gujarat’s Saurashtra and Kutch regions, while a 3.6 tremor hit Palghar near Thane in Maharashtra in the evening.

Palghar has been witnessing an unusual frequency of earthquakes since November, 2018. The National Centre for Seismology has categorised the unusual tremors as an ‘earthquake swarm’ which is a series of low magnitude earthquakes that occur in a localised region and over a period of time ranging from days, weeks to even months.

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