Tremor felt in Valley, no damage reported

Srinagar, April 16 (IANS) A high intensity tremor that rocked Pakistan-Iran border Tuesday was also felt in the Kashmir Valley although no damage to life or property has so far been reported from anywhere here.

“A high intensity earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale that rocked Pakistan-Iran border at 4.14 p.m. was also felt in the Valley,” Sonam Lotus, director of the local weather office, told IANS.

People in some areas here said they had panicked after feeling the tremors.

“I ran out of my kitchen when the earthquake occurred. I found some of our neighbours had also run out of their homes,” said Tahira, 35, a housewife living in Bemina area here.

Kashmir is situated in an earthquake prone region where devastating tremors have wreaked havoc in the past.

On Oct 8, 2005, a devastating earthquake killed over 40,000 people on both sides of the Line of Control (LOC) that divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistan administered parts.

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