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Earthquake jolts India-controlled Kashmir
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13:32, April 30, 2009

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An earthquake of moderate intensity shook Srinagar, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir, and its adjoining areas on Wednesday, officials said.

According to the disaster management officials in the region, the earthquake, which measured 4.5 on the Richter Scale, occurred at 9:42 a.m. local time (0412 GMT).

The epicenter of the earthquake was in Pakistan 36.04 degrees North, 71.27 degrees East, said Aamir Ali, coordinator of the Disaster Management Office in Srinagar.

So far no loss of life or damage to property has been reported from any part of the region, he added.

Geologists say India-controlled Kashmir is located in a zone of high seismic activity.

Srinagar falls in Seismic Zone-V and other parts of India-controlled Kashmir in Seismic Zone IV.

A high intensity quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale with its epicenter in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir rocked the region on Oct. 8, 2005, causing large scale destruction.


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