Mild Quake Rocks Kashmir28 February 2010
Srinagar: Barely 16 hours after a major quake of 8.8 magnitude on the Richter scale stuck off coastal Chile in South America, a moderate intensity quake measuring 5.7 on the jolted Kashmir valley at 4:51 am. The quake lasted for a few seconds and its epicentre was in Hindukush mountain range of Afghanistan located at 36.5 degrees North Latitude and 71.2 degrees East Longitude, said Amir Ali, Head of Disaster Management Cell in Srinagar. 'So far, no loss of life or property has been reported from any part of the region. But tremors were felt in Srinagar,' said Ali. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) the coordinates of the epicentre of this quake where located 36 degree north (latitude) and 70.1 longitude (east), 140 km deep 175 km West of Chitral, Pakistan. The quake was also felt in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Pakistan the quake has been felt in Swat, Bunir, Hangu, Malakand, Nowshera, Attock and Peshawar. “I was disturbed in sleep and felt the tremors but having watched the news about Chile quake, I thought it was a delusion. However, another family member confirmed me of the tremors in the morning,” said Shahnwaz Ahmad, a local. Geologists say Kashmir is located in a zone of high seismic activity. Srinagar falls in Seismic Zone-V and other parts of Kashmir in Seismic Zone IV. A high intensity earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale with its epicenter in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan administered Kashmir shook the region on 8 October 2005, causing large scale destruction and killing 80,000 people.