Moderate earthquake tremors jolt Indian-controlled Kashmir

10:28, March 24, 2011      

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Two moderate earthquake tremors shook Indian-controlled Kashmir and its adjoining areas Wednesday, creating panic among the residents, officials said.

According to the Disaster Management officials in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, the earthquakes measuring 5.2 and 4.7 on the Richter Scale hit the region.

"An earthquake of magnitude 4.7 occurred this morning. Later in the day another earthquake of magnitude 5.2 occurred at 11:25 a.m.. However, no damage has been reported," said Amir Ali, Coordinator Disaster Management office in Srinagar.

The epicenter of the 4.7 earthquake was in Tajikistan, located 37.29 degrees north latitude and 71.73 degrees east longitude, while as epicenter of the 5.2 earthquake was near India-controlled Kashmir-China border, located at 36.3 degrees north latitude and 76.6 degrees east longitude, officials said.

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

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

A high intensity earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale with its epicenter in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan- controlled Kashmir shook the region on October 8, 2005 causing large scale destruction, killing 80,000 people.

Source: Xinhua
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