Tremors in north India, no casualties

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Tremors were felt in the Indian capital and large parts of north India, including Srinagar, Shimla and Chandigarh, following a 5.7 magnitude quake centred around the Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh border Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of casualties or loss to property.

“The quake happened at 12.27 p.m. and measured 5.8 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was somewhere around the Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh border,” said R.S. Dattatreya, director, Department of Seismology, India Meteorological Department, in New Delhi.

The tremors, felt across most parts of Haryana and Punjab, lasted six to seven seconds. It caused panic in some places, particularly in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Reports of the tremors were received from Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ambala and other places.

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