The first quake happened on February 5 while the second happened the day after
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).
Earthquake of Magnitude:5.6, Occurred on:05-02-2019, 22:17:09 IST, Lat:34.8 N & Long: 74.3 E, Depth: 80 Km, Region:Northwestern Kashmir pic.twitter.com/As8Cz7X8pQ— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) February 5, 2019
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
Earthquake of Magnitude:4.4, Occurred on:06-02-2019, 02:41:34 IST, Lat:34.7 N & Long: 74.1 E, Depth: 50 Km, Region:Northwestern Kashmir pic.twitter.com/RI2AKbnwb2— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) February 5, 2019
Kashmiri personalities tweeted on February 5, when the first quake happened:
Srinagar rocks!— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 5, 2019
Every time an earthquake across the border resonates on this side, we are reminded of the fact that our fate is tied to one another's. Peace will resonate as strongly as the devastation of war and violence, regardless of the imaginary lines that we've drawn. Hope everyone's safe!— Shehla Rashid شہلا رشید (@Shehla_Rashid) February 5, 2019
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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