Breaking News — early Friday morning at approximately 8:00 a.m. local time, there was a 5.4 earthquake 13 km SE of Kishtwar, which rocked the Jammu region of India. It was an earthquake of modern intensity, triggering panic among the people, according to an official of India’s meteorological office.
According to initial reports, the epicenter of the earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred at the GPS coordinates 33.233°N 75.876°E at a depth of 15.8 km (9.8mi).
The tremors of the earthquake, which jolted the Jammu region around 8.02 a.m., were felt in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, though there has been to this point no immediate report of any casualty or injury from anywhere in the region.
The quake was powerful enough, however, that most of the people rushed out of their houses due to fear.
A moderate intensity tremor recently shook Bhaderwah valley and adjoining areas in Doda-Kishtwar belt of Jammu and Kashmir.
The area is one which has experienced a large degree of seismic activity in the past. In the month of May alone, Bhaderwah and adjoining areas witnessed 37 tremors.
Nearby cities to the epicenter of the 5.4 earthquake are Kishtar, which is 8 miles or 13 km away; Doda, at 19 miles (30 km) in distance away; and Bhadarwah, also 19 miles (31 km) from the epicenter.
The quake was brief, lasting only a few seconds in duration, and no loss of life was reported.
The epicenter of the earthquake, which was of moderate intensity, was the Kishtwar area in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to NDTV.com,, the 5.4 earthquake was a moderate one, which rocked Himachal Pradesh:
In Himachal, the tremors were felt prominently in Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kullu and Kangra districts.”
Earlier this month, on July 13, tremors of the magnitude of 4.5 were felt for some seconds in the state.
The Kangra district of the state was the epicenter of that mild quake.
Written by: Douglas Cobb