Kashmir Was Shivering @ Minus 3.2 When Tremors Hit ‘Mid-Night Valley’



It was intervening night of 25th and 26 December that earthquake hit Kashmir mid-night around 12:45 AM.

Sixth day of ‘Chilai Kala’ – the harshest period of winter in Kashmir, valley was shivering at minus 3.2 degree Celsius.

Officials at Srinagar based meteorological department told Kashmir Life that the temperature had dipped to minus 3.2 in summer capital while it was minus 5.7 degree Celsius in tourist resort of Gulmarg.

Tremors, one after the other, hit Kashmir last mid-night measuring 6.5 on Richter scale. It had its epicentre in Hindu Kush mountain range forming Tajik-Afghan border.

Although, valley was all sleeping, those who felt the strong tremors, woke up and rushed to open fields. In Srinagar’s press colony, press personnel preparing newspapers for this day were seen rushing to SDA open parking area while murmuring holy verses.

One man lost his life in Mendhar area of Poonch when he suffered heart attack after he rushed out of his home with children following the earthquake.

Kashmir is witnessing minimum temperatures these days, however, the bone-chilling cold did not affect people rushing for safety.

At least 34 people were injured in Pakistan due to the earthquake.


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