Tremors of 6.8 magnitude earthquake felt in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Tremors of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake were felt in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday afternoon at 3:58 pm, forcing people to evacuate buildings.

Epicenter of the quake was in Hindukush region of Afghanistan, over 400 kilometres north-west of Kashmir. Focus of the earthquake was 190 kilometres below the earth’s surface.

Tremors were also felt across north India, including capital New Delhi, and in most parts of Pakistan.

Initially, there were no reports of loss of life or property in Kashmir.

“Seismicity in the Himalaya dominantly results from the continental collision of the India and Eurasia plates, which are converging at a relative rate of 40-50 mm/yr,” United States Geological Survey states.

“Northward underthrusting of India beneath Eurasia generates numerous earthquakes and consequently makes this area one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth. The surface expression of the plate boundary is marked by the foothills of the north-south trending Sulaiman Range in the west, the Indo-Burmese Arc in the east and the east-west trending Himalaya Front in the north of India.”