Tremors Trigger Panic in Valley

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Srinagar-Baramulla Highway.
Srinagar-Baramulla Highway. (Photos: Citizen Journalists)

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Kashmir Monday snapping communication services and electricity supply.

Cracks in Srinagar Flyover.
Cracks in Srinagar Flyover.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, the epicenter was at the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan with the depth of 190 km.

Cracks in Budshah Bridge.
Cracks in Budshah Bridge.

The tremor was felt powerfully in Kashmir valley where several buildings including civil secretariat sustained massive cracks. Sources said that the quake triggered extreme panic in SKIMS, Soura where hundreds of patients came down running after the earth beneath them rattled dangerously.

Partially collapsed house in Downtown Srinagar.
Partially collapsed house in Downtown Srinagar.

“I was more than what I saw in 2005,” an employee told Kashmir Life. “The whole buildings shook and patients removed their intravenous to run for their lives.”

Damaged house in Downtown.
Damaged house in Downtown.

In city centre Lal Chowk, people, horrified from the experience, pulled up their vehicles and dismounted. Scores of commuters assembled near footpaths and parks while few others burst out in tears.

Crumbled wall of a building in Downtown.
Crumbled wall of a building in Downtown.

Massive traffic snarls were reported just after the tremors struck. Reports said that the flyover near the Jehangir chowk also sustained “critical damage.”

Cracks in a newly constructed building at Lal Chowk.
Cracks in a newly constructed building at Lal Chowk.

Reports also came in about damage to houses in old city areas where structures shed dust following high intensity tremors. Reports added that few structures were fully damaged in Nowshera, Baramulla. Meanwhile, authorities closed down the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

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