A man died and 55 people, mostly children, were injured when a moderate intensity earthquake with its epicenter in Kashmir, shook parts of north India and Pakistan on Wednesday.
The 10-second quake began at 12:27 pm and measured 5.8 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was in Doda district’s Bhaderwah town, said an official from the met office.
Though tremors were felt across Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Delhi, J&K bore the brunt of the quake. “I felt those tremors in Srinagar. Strange thing was that I heard the rumble before the house started to shake,” J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
In Khawara, 250 km from Jammu city, a man died after being hit by a falling boulder, said an official.
Five others were hit by falling stones in Ghata and Udrana on the outskirts of Bhaderwah town. Around 40 school children were in injured in Doda district as school buildings cracked and caved in.
The Indian Air Force carried out sortie to airlift a six-year-old girl who was trapped inside debris of collapsed building in Kishtwar and shift her to a hospital in Jammu.
Elsewhere in the state, many houses were damaged and a portion of Bhaderwah-Chinta road, 200-km from Jammu, caved in.
While no life or property was damaged in Punjab, in parts of Himachal, buildings developed deep cracks.