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Slight intensity earthquake rocks Kashmir

Srinagar, Thursday, March 06, 2008:

Kashmir

A slight intensity earthquake hit parts of Indian administered Kashmir Thursday in the wee hours.

The quake measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale was felt in many parts of Kashmir Valley including summer capital Srinagar.

According to the Meteorological office in Srinagar, the earthquake was felt at 0427 hours and its epicenter was 34.07 degrees North and 74.58 degrees East somewhere north of Srinagar.

The slight tremors triggered panic among the people, who have been anxious over the unusual seismic activity in the region for past some weeks.

This was the sixth tremor in Kashmir Valley in the past fortnight. There were no immediate reports of any damage.

On Sunday government had to come up with clarification that there is no confirmation of a major earthquake in the near future, after rumors started spreading that “Kashmir is going to witness a high intensity earthquake following these small tremors.”

“We are living in an earthquake prone area but when and where an earthquake will strike and what will be its magnitude nobody knows” said Aamir Ali, Project Coordinator UNDP/Disaster Management in Srinagar in a statement.

The statement gave detailed instruction regarding what to do and what not to do during an earthquake.

Geologists say the region is located in a zone of high seismic activity.

Srinagar falls in Seismic Zone-V and other parts of Indian administered Kashmir in Seismic Zone IV.

A high intensity quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter Scale with its epicenter in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan administered Kashmir shook the region on October 8, 2005 causing large scale destruction.

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