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Earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir

by Smitha S

In the middle of freezing cold and snowfall being experienced in Srinagar, an earthquake with an intensity measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was felt in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, according to the National Center for Seismology. No damages have been reported so far as people already came out of the houses. The earthquake tremors were felt here at 7.32 pm on Monday evening. Speaking of which it was also reported that even in the beginning of the month this year, the earthquake tremors were felt in Kashmir Valley.

The scientists predict that this region is the most dangerous zone which falls under the seismic zones which is classified by the Bureau of Indian Standards and that it may experience an earthquake of magnitude 9 on the Richter scale. This region is classified as Zone-5 which covers the entire Northeast of India, parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Kutch run in Uttarakhand Gujarat, Parts of North Bihar and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Earthquakes are pretty frequent in this region. Any tremors more with a magnitude of 7.0 or higher are considered far more dangerous than normal.

 

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 is more likely to bring damage to homes. However the maximum limit of the intensity of the current one has not been fixed yet as the officials are monitoring the same.

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