Moderate earthquake jolts Indian-controlled Kashmir

10:29, April 26, 2011      

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A moderate 5.0 earthquake shook Indian-controlled Kashmir and its adjoining areas Monday morning, forcing people to run out of their houses.

The earthquake occurred at 06:25 a.m. local time, according to the Disaster Management officials in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"All the family members in my house rushed outside to the premises after we felt the tremors," said Nazir Ahmad Baba, a Srinagar resident.

The epicenter of the earthquake was in Pakistan, located at 36. 23 degrees North Latitude and 72.17 degrees East Longitude, said Disaster Management officials in Srinagar.

"The earthquake was felt throughout Kashmir but so far we haven' t received any reports of damage," 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 quake 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 and killing 80,000 people.

Source: Xinhua
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