Moderate intensity earthquake jolts Kashmir

An Indian flag flies on a hill in Uri sector, near the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Indian soldiers on Wednesday searched areas near the de facto border where two gunbattles with suspected rebels raged for half a day, the Indian army said. Army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said two groups of militants had infiltrated into the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir from the Pakistani-held part near Uri region and Nowgam sector. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

A moderate intensity earthquake occurred in Kashmir on Wednesday whose epicentre was in Pakistan region.

Sonam Lotus, Director of MET office said: “A moderate intensity eart hquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 8.40 a.m. today.

“The coordinates of the earthquake were latitude 36.4 degrees north and longitude 72.7 degrees east.

“The epicentre was in Pakistan region. Depth of the earthquake was 1 km inside the earth’s crust.”

Kashmir is situated in a highly earthquake prone seismological region of South Asia.

Temblors have wreaked havoc in Kashmir in the past. Over 80,000 people were killed in an earthquake that hit the two sides of divided Kashmir under Indian and Pakistan control on October 8, 2005.

The 2005 earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale.

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