KL Report


Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district which is recuperating from recent communal clashes that took place on August 9 was jolted again with a low intensity earthquake on Tuesday afternoon. However, no loss of life was reported from the area.

Around 1:36 pm, the quake hit mountainous area of Kishtwar with magnitude 4.4 on Richter scale and depth 15km. The quake lasted nine seconds, Met officials said.

While talking to Srinagar based news gathering agency Global News Service (GNS) Director, Metrological Department, Sonam Lotus said the tectonic activity around Jammu and Kashmir has abruptly increased. “Kishtwar witnessed several quakes during past few months. We can’t predict at what time an unfortunate incident will take place but we have to be prepared for any eventuality.”

“We are very much fearful as we are witnessing jolts every week. Today I was in my classroom as quakes shake our window panes and doors which lasted for almost few seconds,” Abid Ahmed, a student at Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kishtwar told GNS.

It is worth to mention here that a series of tremors have jolted Bhaderwah, Doda and Kishtwar areas of the state in past few months. In May this year, Bhaderwah and its adjoining areas witnessed 37 tremors. In August, there were as many as five quakes in Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar areas.


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