Another earthquake in Kashmir, fifth in a fortnight

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Srinagar, Mar 6: An earthquake of mild intensity rocked the city and adjoining areas early this morning, forcing people to rush out of their homes in panic.

This was the fifth since February 20, that earthquake of mild intensity rock Srinagar, leading to rumours that a big tremor would rock particular areas in the valley. However, authorities have rejected these rumours saying earthquakes cannot be predicted despite research being done worldwide.

A spokesman of the Indian Meteorological Department said tremors which occurred at 0427 hrs early this morning when people were in deep sleep, lasted few seconds. He said the 3.9 magnitude earthquake was centred at 34.1 Latitude (North) and 74.6 Longitude (East).

People rushed out of their homes in panic despite the cold also members of the Pandit families, who were busy in Shivratri Puja in their homes. There was no report of any loss of life or damage to property, official sources said. People in Srinagar have experienced tremors on February 20 and 25 and two on March 1. These tremors were recorded between 2.9 and 4.1 magnitude.

Srinagar falls in Seismic Zone-V and other parts of Jammu and Kashmir fall in Seismic Zone IV.


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