Earthquake of 3.6 magnitude jolts Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, tremors send panic
The National Centre for Seismology said that the quake occurred at a depth of 5 km from the surface at 9.40 pm.
Srinagar: An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter Scale struck Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The National Center for Seismology (NCS), which is the nodal agency of the Indian government for monitoring earthquake activity in the country, said that the quake occurred at 9.40 pm.
"An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter Scale hit Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir at 9.40 pm today," National Center for Seismology (NCS) said.
Panicked residents rushed out of their homes after strong jolts were felt. Tremors were also felt in nearby districts of Ganderbal and Budgam. Some residents said they witnessed prolonged shaking of the ground.
According to reports, some netizens from Kashmir said they heard a loud bang along with the earthquake followed by rushing winds, but no official confirmation has been received.
However, Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Choudhary dispelled the speculation and confirmed that it was in fact an earthquake.
“The “earthquake like situation” confirmed by seismologists as an actual earthquake of magnitude 3.6. Epicentre close to us,” tweeted Shahid Choudhary.
As per reports, no casualties or any damage to property was reported.
Meanwhile, two medium-intensity earthquakes were reported in Assam early on Tuesday. The first earthquake, which measured 4.4 on Richter scale with its epicentre at 44 km west of Guwahati was felt at 1.28 am at a depth of 5 km.
The second quake was reported in Barpeta district. The 4.2 magnitude earthquake had its epicentre in Barpeta district at a depth of 71 km.