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  1. Earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir: 3.3 magnitude temblor strikes region

Earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir: 3.3 magnitude temblor strikes region

Earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir: A quake measuring 3.3 in magnitude on the Richter scale struck Jammu and Kashmir today.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2018 3:13 PM
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Earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir: A quake measuring 3.3 in magnitude on the Richter scale struck Jammu and Kashmir today. As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the tremor occurred at 12:41 pm. The tremor was felt across the state. It was on Latitude of 33.1 and Longitude of 75.6 E. These latest tremors have occurred days after a major earthquake was reported in Afghanistan, with its impact felt in Pakistan and northern parts of India.

On January 31, mild tremors were felt in northern India after an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the richter scale hit Afghanistan, leading to the death of one child in Pakistan. Nineteen others were reportedly injured. As per US Geological Survey (USGS) the the epicentre of the earthquake was in the Hindu Kush region. The quake hit near Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at the depth of 191 kilometres, the survey had said.

The tremors then were felt for close to one minute in the national capital. In Srinagar people were seen running out of their offices and homes soon after the quake struck. Similar scenes were also seen in Ghaziabad, Noida, New Delhi and Gurgaon. “Earthquake of magnitude 6.2 occurred in Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan, it had a depth of over 190 km and hence was felt in Delhi and quite strongly in Kashmir also,” VK Gehlot, Director, National Center for Seismology was quoted as saying by ANI.

A 7.2 magnitude quake was reported in Mexico on Friday, causing minor damage to buildings in southern state of Oaxaca.There were no reports of any major damage or casualties. The epicenter was reported on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 15.3 miles (24.6 km), as per US Geological Survey. Both the south of Mexico and the capital were still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September.

Speaking after the quake, Mexico Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete had said that the quake caused superficial damage to buildings in Oaxaca. Images appeared in the media showing bricks and rubble fallen from buildings, and products tumbling off shelves in a supermarket. Tremors were also felt as far away as Guatemala to the south.

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