Earthquake again rocks Jammu&Kashmir

Jammu, Aug 3, 2013: A moderate intensity earthquake, measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar and Doda districts and parts of the Valley on Saturday, a day after a similar quake hit the region.

The quake, measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, hit the area around 3.08 am, Met officials said.

The quake lasted for 9 seconds, and was followed by two aftershocks measuring 3.7 and 2.9 on the Richter Scale at 4.12 am and 3.12 am respectively, they said.

The epicentre of the quake was 12 kms north-east of Kishtwar area and 78 kms south-east of Anantnag (Kashmir Valley) of Jammu and Kashmir. There was no immediate report of any casualty or injury reported from anywhere, the officials said.

However, the quake and aftershocks triggered fear psychosis and panic among the people, who rushed out of their homes and spent the night in the open in Kishtwar and Bhaderwah belts of Chenab Valley.

According to reports, there were cracks in the houses due to tremors and after-shocks in Bhaderwah mountain-locked valley.